OAKLAND –- Steve Kerr noted that, despite his Warriors losing at Oracle Arena Friday night, their first regular-season home loss in 14 months, the sun came up Saturday morning.
He was joking, of course, and the implication is there should be a bit more joking over the final days of the regular season.
It might be easier to joke now, after a 109-106 loss to Boston on Friday means there is one less record at stake each time the Warriors take the court.
“That’s part of the problem,” Kerr said Saturday after practice. “We’ve got too much crap going on.”
“We’ve got to just play,” he added. “Whatever the numbers turn out, they’re going to turn out. We’ve had a spectacular season and we’re having fun. We probably need to get back to having a little more fun over the last couple weeks.”
With the home win streak ending at 54 games, the only significant record still in front of the Warriors that of the 1995-96 Chicago Bulls, whose 72-10 mark is the best in NBA history. They Warriors need to win four of their final six to tie that record, and five to break it.
Kerr, however, is placing no priority on that. It would be, he said, “a great feather in our caps,” but nothing more for a team seeking to win the NBA title for the second consecutive season.
“It would be cool,” he said. “But we all know what our focus is. We want to win a championship.
“A championship goes up on the wall. Records are broken. People break records. Championships last forever.”
To that end, the Warriors went through film of the loss to the Celtics. It was typical of many recent games insofar as it was tightly played, with the Warriors being outrebounded, committing a dangerous amount of turnovers and occasionally bothering with defense.
The difference is that they didn’t find a way to steal this one anyway.
“With 22 turnovers last night, if we win that game, we say ‘Hey guys, way to fight through that win. It was a good, gutsy win,’ ” forward Harrison Barnes said. “But now it’s like, OK, we can get our turnovers under control and that’s what we need to start doing.”
The goal, apparently, is to find symmetry between playing with a joyful creativity and playing with admirable efficiency.
In short, do as the San Antonio Spurs do –- only with visible delight and superior 3-point shooting.
The home wins record is relegated to history. It has been deleted from all minds. As for the all-time wins record, well, why not embrace it. But don’t fixate on it.
“It would be cool,” Kerr said. “But I don’t want it to be something that is keeping us from playing well. And that may be the case a little bit the last couple games. I’m pretty confident that we’re going to loosen up now and just play and have some fun and whatever happens, happens.”