Golden State Warriors head coach Steve Kerr feels the effort was there but they could execute their skills and plans in the team’s big loss against New Orlean Pelicans. The Pelicans thrashed the Dubs by 128-83 on Monday night.
The Pelicans took an early lead of 35-16 in the first quarter and there was no stopping them after that. Brandon Ingram scored season-high 34 points for his team to lead them to a convincing win. Jordan Poole scored 26 points for Golden State Warriors but he didn’t get any support from his teammates.
“This was just a night for the young guys to get a chance to play and it was a tough night,” Warriors coach Steve Kerr said as quoted by AP. “New Orleans played really well.”
“The effort was there but we didn’t execute very well,” Kerr said. “A lot of that is one me. I’ve got to work with these guys and do a better job of teaching execution and getting our guys to understand the value of the ball.”
Speaking on managing the player’s workload, Kerr said, “We understand we have a responsibility in this league, with the franchise that we are, to try to put on the best show we can every night, but that also includes maintaining guys’ health in the long term,” Kerr said.
“We don’t control the schedule. … I feel awful for the fans, but ultimately our responsibility is to make sure our players are around for the whole year.”
On the other hand, Pelicans head coach Willie Green heaped praise on Brandon Ingram for delivering the goods for the team.
“He was fantastic all game,” Pelicans coach Willie Green said of Ingram, who hit 12 of 19 shots and whose repertoire included transition 3s, driving dunks and late-shot-clock turnaround fade-aways. “He played with force. When he decided to go (to the basket), he went quickly. … It was just good to see him put together an all-around good game.”
Meanwhile, Zion Williamson returned back to action after missing the last three matches due to a right foot injury. Williamson scored nine points during his 23 minutes stay on the court.
“I was very excited to be back out there,” Williamson said. “We got a great win. The score speaks for itself.”
GSW will next face LA Clippers on Wednesday night.