At the end of the half, Steph Curry and Durant carried plus-minuses of -25 to the locker room, as a Warriors' defense that looked good on its first three games of a six-game road trip collapsed. "He's got to be able to understand that teams can't physically play him inside, so they're going to do everything they can to emotionally get him off his game".
"It's absolutely too much", Kerr said. I can't let anybody take me off my game.
Curry, who also exited late in the fourth quarter after rolling his ankle, which later required an X-ray following Monday's game, finished with his fourth double-double this season with 31 points and 11 assists. For anyone keeping count, this is the second time in three days that Durant has been ejected. You know that he's feisty, you know that he's emotional, you know that he plays that way.
But it's a surprising pattern for Durant, who now has been tossed two times in the last four days and leads the National Basketball Association with three ejections through 25 games.
Kerr after Monday's game said his team needs to maintain its composure and not get reactionary to adverse situations. "We're not composed out there", he told Mercurynews.com. "I know I have a reputation in this league and I know I'll never get the benefit of the doubt, so I've just got to keep trying to do the right thing". We got to be poised and we got to execute out there. We're just talking, we're just getting into it. Aided by some extra zest because the reigning champs are in town for a second time this season, Monday's Pelicans at first dominated the Warriors in emphatic fashion and Golden State's third win versus New Orleans this season seemed out of sight.
Cousins said after Tuesday's practice that he tries to avoid being confrontational when teams push his buttons, but he'll have to do a better job going forward.