Why do the Warriors thrive more on the road than at home?
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HOUSTON – At this point, Warriors coach Steve Kerr can only offer so many motivational speeches. He can hold only so many in-depth film sessions.
With the Warriors winning three NBA championships in the past four years, Kerr recognizes those tactics to improve the team’s consistency often yield diminishing returns. Thankfully for the Warriors (41-27), they enter Saturday’s game against the Oklahoma City Thunder (42-27) with another source of motivation to ensure their first winning streak since the NBA All-Star break.
This season, the Warriors have appeared motivated and effective in collecting road victories against marquee opponents in nationally televised games.
“Our guys enjoy the tough environments on the road,” Kerr said following practice on Friday at the University of Houston. “We tend to play our best when we’re threatened and people question us, and even when we question ourselves.”
The Warriors questioned themselves following Sunday’s loss to the Phoenix Suns, the Western Conference’s worst team. They responded with a win on Wednesday in Houston (42-26), a team likely bound to play the Warriors in the playoffs. The Warriors have also collected marquee road wins earlier this season in Utah, Denver, Milwaukee, Portland, Boston and Philadelphia.
Add it all up, and the Warriors (.22-11, .667) are tied with the Bucks (24-12, .667) for the highest winning percentage on the road this season. The Warriors recorded an NBA-best 11-game road winning streak this season and have won 18 of their last 22 road games. And they have ensured a winning road record for a franchise-best sixth consecutive season.
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Source:: The Mercury News – Sports