During a timeout midway through the first quarter, Kerr gave his clipboard and pen to veteran Andre Iguodala. Rather than going through his usual work coaching the team, he chose to allow his players to do the work for him.
Watson started six of the seven games he played in as a rookie, completing almost 62 percent of his passes and throwing for 1,699 yards, 19 touchdowns and eight interceptions. He has reached the NBA Finals every year, winning two of the last three titles. This wasn't about disrespecting an opponent, or mocking the Phoenix Suns, the team for which Kerr served as president and general manager for three years.
The Warriors were up big on Phoenix and clearly chose a game where they knew they could experiment. "We don't control them, They determine their own fate". Kerr's decision was the ultimate slap in the face to those watching, expressing that the game was meaningless and the two teams are not proportionate.
"I told them the other night, after the last game, that we were going to do it".
"I think it's exactly what I expected", Kerr said of the challenge of keeping his team engaged. "I thought they communicated really well together and drew up some nice plays, and it was a good night for the guys". Nor did it involve the Warriors (44-13) holding the Suns (18-40) to a 34.7 percent clip, while missing guard Devin Booker for the fourth consecutive game (hip pointer).
After the game, Kerr told reporters that he chose to let guys some of his players because "it's the players' team". "It had everything to do with me trying to reach my team". "They are exhausted of my voice. I just feel like when we're focused, we are really tough to beat".
On Monday night against the Suns, Kerr handed some of the coaching reins over to the players, and the results were generally positive.
Gap in offensive talent - The Warriors are the best offensive team in the National Basketball Association, if not of all time, and score 113.6 points per 100 possessions.
Phoenix are suffering contrasting fortunes, having lost five in a row after a 113-123 defeat at the hands of the Nuggets.
KD scored 36.4 FanDuel points on Monday, compared to his average of 46.9 FanDuel points per game for the season. The Warriors will not be at full strength either as Draymond Green is expected to sit out with a sprained left index finger.
The trick worked. The Warriors ran away with the game and looked much like their old, dominant selves. As far as I'm concerned, let it rain L's! I want that #1 overall pick!