Steve Kerr wryly attributed Sunday’s 112-95 upset loss to the Los Angeles Lakers to the “zero attention span” of Golden State Warriors players.
Speaking to reporters following the game, Kerr opened the session with a sarcastic: “Well, that was fun.”
He attributed the upset to the Warriors’ relatively youthful roster of players and their lack of concentration.
“This team is filled with millennials, and millennials can’t focus,” Kerr said in reference to a season-long joke between he and Stephen Curry. “We looked like the millennials tonight.
“Sometimes [Curry] jokingly asks me if he can send a text or a tweet during the game.”
With an average age of 27.5, the Warriors essentially represent the league mean when it comes to age.
Curry, who at 27 is perhaps the NBA’s most popular millennial, turned in his worst shooting performance of the season, going six-for-20 from the field and one-for-10 from three-point range.
He and Klay Thompson combined to shoot 24 per cent overall, their lowest output as team-mates.
Needless to say, it was an unexpected but minor blip on the Warriors’ much-hyped quest to break the 1995-96 Bulls’ NBA record for wins in a season.
“It’s actually pretty easy to explain,” Kerr said.
“It’s the NBA, and if you’re not ready to play, anything can happen. We weren’t ready.
“We got what we deserved.”
Curry offered a similar sentiment.
And, when asked whether the loss was the result of him texting during the game, he deadpanned: “Guilty as charged.”