Warned to temper Warriors’ celebrations, Steve Kerr dares ref to call technical foul

Warriors coach Steve Kerr
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The Warriors’ season: Bad play, injuries, worse play.

Golden State has had multiple games dropped from national television. Still, the Warriors got a Christmas game by virtue of their recent dominance. Surprisingly, they upset the Rockets on that major stage, definitely enjoying do it.

Anthony Slater of The Athletic:

Golden State coach Steve Kerr:

At one point, the ref told me that he wanted me to tell our guys not to run on the floor. And I said, “That’s not happening. We’ve had a lousy season. We’re going to run on the floor. So if you got to call a T, call a T.” He said, “Alright, fair enough.”

Our guys were running all along the baseline. There’s no way I’m going to tell them to stop cheering.

Kerr hasn’t done a great job this season. The offensive creativity that lifted the peak Warriors to incredible heights doesn’t translate well to lesser talent. Kerr hasn’t adjusted enough.

But it seems he still has finger on the team’s emotional pulse. That’s important during a long, losing season.