Steve Kerr wants Kevin Durant to be more aggressive.
The 30-year-old star attempted just eight shots in the Warriors’ shocking 135-131 loss to the Clippers in Game 2 of their series earlier this week. Kerr was asked about Durant’s performance when he met with reporters Wednesday.
“(Durant’s) the most skilled basketball player on planet earth,” Kerr said, via the Mercury News. “There’s nobody who can do what he can do. In the playoffs, defenses are more locked in, they play everybody tougher. I don’t know how many shots he got the other night.
“(But), absolutely he needs to be more aggressive. It’s the playoffs. He can get any shot he wants any time. I want to see him get 20 shots, 30.”
Durant finished Game 2 with 21 points but turned the ball over nine times and fouled out in the fourth quarter. Golden State held a 31-point second-half lead before it collapsed against the Clippers, who evened the series at 1-1.
Kerr said he expects Durant to bounce back in Game 3
“It was a tough game for him,” Kerr said. “It wasn’t his night. Like I said, he’s the most skilled basketball player on earth. He’s a champion, two-time Finals MVP. He’ll be coming out tomorrow firing, ready to play.”
Durant tallied 23 points in the Warriors’ easy Game 1 win. He said he was going to continue to focus on looking to attack in the flow of the offense.
“When I get the ball in positions to score, I’m going to look to score,” Durant said. “If I don’t have options to score, I’m going to look to pass. We run a lot of plays. So, you move the ball every time down the court. Every time I touch it, I’m not going to look to break the play just because I need to be aggressive.
“I’m going to play basketball. We won Game 1 that way. We were up 30 in Game 2. I think we can still do it. Stick to the game plan we had the first three and a half quarters and do that for 48 minutes.”
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The Warriors’ Game 3 matchup with the Clippers will tip off Thursday at 10:30 p.m. ET.