Warriors Trying to Avoid Repeating Same Mistakes That Doomed Durant in OKC

January 18th, 2017 by Kevin Ding Leave a reply »

OAKLAND, Calif. — From turmoil to titans in the span of 10 days.

It's January and not June, so it's still premature to say the Golden State Warriors are going to stick the landing of the massive leap they're seeking to make from talented group to title team.

But in the span of a little more than a week, they seem to have moved impressively.

The Warriors' 126-91 rout on Monday of the defending NBA champion Cleveland Cavaliers came just 10 days after Golden State imploded on this same home court in an overtime loss to the Memphis Grizzlies. That loss featured Draymond Green's barking at Kevin Durant to make sure Durant knew in that moment just how much he was looking like a misfit with Warriors culture.

Credit Golden State for the progress it's made since that game—and the progress made since its Christmas meltdown in Cleveland, another loss marred by late-game offensive uncertainty.

As much as Steve Kerr mostly puts a happy face on it—because the Warriors' chemistry is so good and his guys' intentions remain pure—Kerr and his assistant coaches have had countless meetings ...

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