The Golden State Warriors defeated the Cleveland Cavaliers, 104-89 in Game 1 of the 2016 NBA Finals but head coach Steve Kerr had to break his whiteboard first sometime in the third quarter to inspire Stephen Curry and company to play better in the opening game of the best-of-seven series.
“It does. Destruction tends to ease some of the anger. I try to take it out on the whiteboard instead of a player,” Kerr said in the post-game interview when asked about if it helps to send his message to the players by breaking the whiteboard.
“We came out after halftime and completely lost focus. Throwing a lot of careless passes and we got lost defensively a couple of times. We kind of had to regain our focus and our edge. And the bench did that for us.
Kerr’s anger came when the Warriors lost a big lead in the third quarter. The Warriors led 52-43 at halftime but the Cavaliers got the advantage, 68-67 near the end of the third.
Here’s Steve Kerr’s full post-game interview discussing the key moments of the game and also his “wrath” against the white board.
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Here’s Steve Kerr smashing the whiteboard:
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The Warriors’ bench played big in Game 1 with Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson both struggling offensively. Seven Warriors scored in double digits led by Shaun Livingston’s 20 points and Draymond Green’s 16 points.
Steve Kerr and the Warriors will try to make it 2-0 against the Cavaliers on Sunday for Game 2 of the 2016 NBA Finals.