Was it raining down the entire East Coast of the United States on Sunday? It was pouring in Philadelphia during the Eagles’ win over the 49ers, in New York during the Falcons’ win over the Jets, and again in Landover. It made for a trio of soggy, mistake-filled games. Fumbles seemed only a moment away on almost every play, and for Washington, the wet conditions caused two of their own.
Once he worked through the sarcasm, Kerr reflected on the almost natural inclination of repeat NBA champions to find themselves sleepwalking through the early season. He relayed Warriors assistant Ron Adams’ recently citing an aphorism from the late Chuck Daly, coach of the Detroit Pistons’ Bad Boys: “Sometimes you have to wait on a championship team.”
A single win over a team Golden State has dominated in recent years doesn’t necessarily mean the wait is over. But if Monday night was a pulse check for the Warriors, there were strong signs of consciousness.
“It takes games like that the last two weeks to create a belief, and we were able to do that. We are on track. We’re doing some really good things, but we’ve got a lot of ball left.”
“It’s not the final goal; it’s not that we’ve achieved exactly what we set out for this season. There’s more ahead; there’s a lot of ball ahead, but we had to get to this point in this program over the last two and half seasons that we’ve been together, and to be able to reach this point in the month of October was a huge stride.