Warriors’ Steve Kerr reacts to Kevin Durant’s apology

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OAKLAND — Steve Kerr sounded unaware about Kevin Durant’s public apology for his ejection in the Warriors’ Game 1 win over the Clippers in their first-round series on Saturday.

“I didn’t know,” Kerr said. “He did that on his own.”

Kerr will gladly accept the apology, though. The Warriors’ coach spent part of Sunday’s practice talking to his players about the need to stay poised entering Game 2 on Monday at Oracle Arena. Kerr also addressed before and after Game 1 about the need not to allow Clippers guard Patrick Beverley to bait them into either becoming angry or drawing a technical over his physical defense. And Kerr has expressed concern that Durant now only needs five technicals before drawing a one-game suspension during the NBA playoffs.

“He knows he’s got to be careful with the technicals now. He’s off to a pretty fast start, “Kerr said. “Our guys are aware of that.”

Kerr is among one of many NBA coaches that does not like the league allows technicals and flagrant fouls to accumulate through each playoff series. Because of that rule, NBA teams that go deep into the playoffs ultimately get penalized by it. In the 2016 NBA Finals, Draymond Green received a one-game suspension in Game 5 after exceeding the flagrant foul points limit (four) through the postseason.

“We’ve brought it up [to the league], but you don’t get a lot of sympathy,” Kerr said. “These are the rules. That’s fine. We have to adhere to the rules. We just got to be poised and be disciplined and we’ll be all right.”

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Source:: The Mercury News – Sports


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