Steve Kerr won’t point to Rockets as lone threat to Warriors
After a close 108-116 road loss to the Houston Rockets, the Warriors dismissed the need to panic. While Golden State knows this is just the regular season and it should not worry too much about what happens during this time, the Warriors are by no means unbeatable in the playoffs. They almost pulled off a full playoffs sweep last year — they lost one game to the Cleveland Cavaliers in the NBA Finals — but head coach Steve Kerr is conscious the Warriors can, in fact, be defeated.
Kerr was recently asked if the Rockets are the biggest threat to the Warriors’ Finals chances. According to the Bay Area News Group’s Melissa Rohlin, Kerr said Houston is not the only team genuinely capable of beating his team:
Kerr was asked if Houston is the Warriors’ biggest competition. He downplayed the Rockets, mentioning a handful of other teams too
— Melissa Rohlin (@melissarohlin) January 22, 2018
The Rockets, of course, might look like the biggest competition on paper. But there are still teams like the Minnesota Timberwolves, the San Antonio Spurs, the Oklahoma City Thunder, or the New Orleans Pelicans capable of taking the defending champions down.
The Wolves possess a core of talented young players and veterans that have improved their defense throughout the season; they are yet to prove how much damage they can cause in the playoffs.
The Spurs essentially had the Warriors beaten in Game 1 of the 2017 Western Conference Finals, but after Kawhi Leonard left the game injured San Antonio was not the same; do not sleep on Gregg Popovich and his experienced group of players.
The Thunder have three superstars plus a couple of very solid players that are capable of pushing Golden State to a seven-game series.
And the Pelicans have the Warriors’ likely kryptonite: the best offensive big men duo in the league.
We will have to wait until the playoffs to see if anybody can match the Warriors’ consistent mix of offense and defense this year.
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