Steve Kerr Comments on Warriors' Focus After Loss vs. Lakers

Daniel KramerFeatured ColumnistMarch 6, 2016

Golden State Warriors head coach Steve Kerr yells to the officials to question a call during the second half of an NBA basketball game against the Los Angeles Lakers in Los Angeles, Sunday, March 6, 2016. The Los Angeles Lakers won 112-95. (AP Photo/Kelvin Kuo)
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Golden State Warriors head coach Steve Kerr offered an interesting explanation for his squad’s struggles in its 112-95 defeat Sunday to the lowly Los Angeles Lakers.   

Kerr said the team’s problem was a lack of focus and seemed to be trying to lessen the blow of a historic loss with a loose tone, as Diamond Leung of Bay Area News Group noted.

Ben Golliver of Sports Illustrated passed along the coach's comments: "We looked like the [millennials] tonight. We couldn't focus. We weren’t ready. Zero attention span on either end."

Lindsey Thiry of the Los Angeles Times added a little context:  

Here is a video of Kerr speaking with the media after losing only his second game since returning on Jan. 22, shared by ESPN:

With Sunday's loss, the Warriors became the first team in NBA history with a .900-plus win percentage after 50 games to lose to a team with a sub-.200 win percentage, per the Elias Sports Bureau (h/t Baxter Holmes of 

Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson were the only Warriors to score in double figures with 18 and 15 points, respectively. But the Splash Brothers shot an uncharacteristic 1-of-18 on three-pointers. 

Whatever the reason for the Warriors' lack of focus, a loss to the worst team in the Western Conference is nonetheless alarming—particularly considering the issue. The Warriors have so much attention on them right now as they chase the 1995-96 Chicago Bulls’ record of 72 wins in addition to pursuing their second straight NBA title. 

A lack of focus two months from now could be a big cause for concern.