Steve Kerr details Warriors’ ‘difficult road’ to NBA Finals in the face of adversity

Steve Kerr details Warriors’ ‘difficult road’ to NBA Finals in the face of adversity

It was certainly a memorable season for the Warriors, and one like no other for coach Steve Kerr.

As Golden State prepares for its sixth NBA Finals appearance in eight seasons, Kerr reflected on the team’s “rocky road” to get there ahead of Game 1 scheduled for Thursday at Chase Center.

“I think we had a lot of hope to start the season and belief, which we didn’t really have the previous two,” Kerr told reporters on Sunday. “It felt like we had a real chance to get back into the fight, and I think our players felt that too.

“I also felt like we filled our cups after missing the playoffs the last two years. Everyone came into this season really hungry, and you could see how we started… We fired out of the doors, a great connection in this team, great camaraderie.

As a result of that attitude heading into the 2021-22 NBA season, the Warriors started off on a high and went to a league-best 18-2 record to start things off. But then, already without Klay Thompson, injuries hit Golden State veterans like Steph Curry, Andre Iguodala and Draymond Green.

“It felt from the start, but injuries didn’t get us to where we are now,” Kerr said.

The Warriors have repeated this season that when healthy, they are one of the biggest threats in the NBA.

They couldn’t prove it until Game 1 of their first playoff round against the Denver Nuggets, when Thompson, Curry and Green took the field together for the playoffs for the first time in nearly three years.

With their core dynasty healthy and back together on the court and a group of enthusiastic young talents on the roster who are also making a name for themselves, Golden State’s “difficult road” to the playoffs has only proven the team resilience in the face of adversity. – and excellence in good faith once these difficulties have been overcome.

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“In the regular season, we literally never had our main guys on the floor at the same time until Denver’s series opener,” Kerr said Sunday. “So it was kind of a tough road to get here, but I feel good about the process and our potential if we can get all of our key guys on the floor.”

Now, the Warriors will be looking to take the lessons they’ve learned so far this season — and their impeccable health — into the Finals in search of the franchise’s seventh NBA title.

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