Steve Kerr Says Warriors Are 'Dying to Get to the All-Star Break'

Adam Wells@adamwells1985Featured ColumnistFebruary 3, 2018

Golden State Warriors head coach Steve Kerr during the second half of an NBA basketball game against the Houston Rockets Saturday, Jan. 20, 2018, in Houston. (AP Photo/Michael Wyke)
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Even with the NBA's best record at 41-11, Golden State Warriors head coach Steve Kerr thinks his team needs the mental rest that comes with the All-Star break. 

Following Friday's 119-104 win over the Sacramento Kings, Kerr said his team's recent sloppy play is indicative of their desire to get away from the court for a few days. 

"Guys are dying to get to the All-Star break," he said, per ESPN's Chris Haynes. "We're limping to the finish line of the All-Star break. But, we've got to fight through it to the break and then we need to get the hell away from each other and go sit on a beach and relax and then we'll be in great shape."

The Warriors suffered a 30-point loss against the Utah Jazz on Tuesday, their worst defeat since Game 3 of the 2016 NBA Finals.

Kerr told reporters after that game the Warriors' "hearts weren't in it." They did bounce back against the Kings but still looked sloppy with 25 turnovers. Despite being a respectable eighth in defensive efficiency, it's their worst mark since the 2012-13 season, per Basketball Reference

The Warriors will have seven days off for the All-Star break after a Feb. 14 game against the Portland Trail Blazers.

Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson, Draymond Green and Kevin Durant won't stay completely away from basketball during that week. Curry, Thompson and Green will play for Team Stephen in the 2018 All-Star Game on Feb. 18 in Los Angeles, while Durant will face off against them as a member of Team LeBron.