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Steve Kerr criticizes Warriors for playing with lack of ‘purpose’

The Golden State Warriors have fallen to a slow start to begin the 2022-23 campaign after dropping their second straight contest, sitting at a 3-4 record.

Although it remains extremely early in the season, the scrutiny is heavy on the Warriors due to being the defending champions. The Warriors haven’t expressed any concern, especially after head coach Steve Kerr voiced that his team needs some time to find consistency.

 

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“It takes a little time,” Kerr said via ESPN. “We’ll get there. I am very confident in that. But our guys need to come together and there needs to be a sense of purpose. We have to figure out what that means.”

The Warriors aren’t playing anywhere near like a championship contender defensively, ranking 29th, allowing 122.0 points per contest, 19th with opponents shooting 46.8% from the floor, and 27th with opposing teams averaging 28.0 assists per game.

Golden State is still operating at a high level offensively collectively, ranking tied for third with 118.7 points per game. Stephen Curry is leading the charge with 31.0 points per game while shooting 47.0% from the floor and 39.5% from beyond the arc.

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However, Klay Thompson is still working through the motions to find his conditioning and rhythm. He is averaging 12.3 points on an abysmal 34.6% shooting from the floor and 28.6% from 3-point range.

Thompson is coming off sitting out his first game of the season, which underlines how much work he has to get back into form. There remains plenty of time for the Warriors to figure it out, but it doesn’t push away from the slow start they are experiencing through the first seven games.

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