After a heartbreaking defeat on Wednesday in Miami, Kevin Durant left the visitor's locker room showing each finger on both hands in the same direction.
Not at his teammates but at home.
"I have to be better to set the tone … just to be aggressive downhill, to create stuff and maybe get to the free throw line earlier to slow down the game," Durant told reporters. at the American Airlines Arena after another day of slowing start with the warriors. "I just think I have to be aggressive and everyone feeds on that. I must be better to start the games. "
It does not matter if Durant is sincere or is looking for words that fit the profile of a traditional team leader. He took responsibility, and that matters.
This is even more important given that we are three days away from Stephen Curry and believe that the Warriors must come out of their lull, which would require "a seamless commitment from everyone."
And after four days of home defeat at the Rockets, "we're not ready to play, and we're the coach, so I'm the coach, so it's on me." I have to do a better job so that these guys are ready to play.
Now that we have established that the warriors are all "on the same page", all of them assuming their responsibilities, it remains to determine the path to a solution.
This should not be the easiest part of all.
This is what is called the effort. With a team as talented as these warriors, this usually translates into production that breeds success. This talent, combined with effort and mindfulness, explains why they spent 32-6 in the last two postsecondary years.
When the warriors really want to crush an opponent, this poor team is reduced to broken hopes and splinters.
Crush mode, however, has been absent in the last two weeks, when the Warriors lost three out of five. They spotted the Rockets a 15-0 lead last Saturday, let the Hornets trail Monday before controlling them in Charlotte, and let the Heat climb 10 in the first quarter and 24 to eight minutes in the second.
The Warriors came back with a vengeance, even taking a lead in the last minute. But the 126-125 loss should be pinned at the beginning of indifference.
"We did not lose the game in the end," Kerr said. "We lost it in the first period."
They lost because of too many fouls and defenses, and missed too many shots (36.4% in the peloton in the first quarter). Except for Klay Thompson (21 points out of 9 shots in 12 in the first half), not much has worked.
The most striking, however, was the difference of determination between the teams. Only the Heat has always played as if the game made sense.
"We have to start the matches with a little more intensity, a little more, no passion, but more energy to open the game sooner," Durant said. "We're doing it, we're trying to see how the teams are going to play us, but we have to put our feet in the gas early."
Nail, meet the hammer. Warriors spend too much time in the first half with the rhythm and desire of the team to train for season ticket holders.
"We are better when everyone is in attack mode," Curry said. "Sometimes we try to … maybe think too early and maybe a little more choreographed, if you will, in terms of calls and sets."
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Nice ventilation, and maybe there is something. There have been many difficult moments on the attack at the beginning of the last matches. They try too hard to feed DeMarcus's cousins. They tried Wednesday to make something and found no rhythm before the second half.
It was almost enough for the Warriors to win another game they deserved to lose. They've had a few recently, including a 120-118 win over Miami 17 days ago in Oakland.
Warriors have the solution. They speak it. It does not help much as much as doing it.