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I feel great - Kerr keeps faith with Warriors on the brink

25 May 2018 11:13

Golden State Warriors head coach Steve Kerr remains "extremely confident" his side can make the NBA Finals, even though they have no margin for error after falling 3-2 down to the Houston Rockets in the Western Conference Finals.

A 98-94 triumph for the Rockets on Thursday means the reigning NBA champions stand on the brink of elimination, but Kerr nevertheless oozed positivity in his post-game news conference.

"I feel great about where we are right now. And that might sound crazy but I feel it," he said with a smile.

"I know exactly what I'm seeing out there and we defended them beautifully tonight. We got everything we needed, just too many turnovers, too many reaches. And if we settle down a little bit, we're going to be in really good shape.

"We've got to be a little more disciplined. I liked the overall flow of the game much better tonight, it felt much better than it did in game four. But we got rushed in transition, we had several turnovers where we just kind of got a little too excited and threw the ball away.

"I like our defense, I like our effort, I like our competitive desire. We've just got to be a little wiser with the reaching and taking care of the ball and when we do that we're going to be in great shape."

Kerr remained upbeat when a reporter highlighted the fact the Warriors are facing their worst situation since Kevin Durant joined the team in 2016.

Asked for his assessment of the team's mindset, Kerr said: "I think they're angry. I think they know that we could have won this game, could have won the last game. I think they're sitting in there and they're angry, as they should be. They're competitors.

"I like what you said. This is the worst situation we've been in since Kevin's been here and we're two wins away from making the NBA Finals, so that's a pretty good worst situation to be in.

"We're right there. We found some things tonight that worked for us. I'm extremely confident that we're going to take care of business. We've just got to be a little sharper."

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