Warriors coach Steve Kerr left bloodied after clipboard smash
In a season of injuries, coach Steve Kerr has joined the Warriors’ wounded.
In a fit of fury Wednesday night, Kerr broke a hard plastic clipboard and cut his right hand. Unlike Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson and Draymond Green, Kerr isn’t likely to miss any games.
“I’m day-to-day,” Kerr said, bandaged but smiling after a 104-90 victory over the Chicago Bulls, only the Warriors’ fourth in 19 games this season.
This hardly was Kerr’s first incident with a clipboard. Most famously, he broke one during the 2016 NBA Finals against Cleveland.
“I’m allotted two a year,” Kerr said Wednesday. “This was No. 1. It always cuts (my hand) in the same place. This was a little deeper one. I was a little more upset.”
The Warriors, whose .211 winning percentage is the worst in the NBA, were frittering away a nine-point fourth-quarter lead when Kerr called for a timeout. He entered the team huddle with a whole clipboard and a bloody hand.
“I saw him leaking,” Omari Spellman said. “He’s writing a play up while he’s actively wiping blood off the clipboard.”
“We just had a stretch there where we were very careless,” Kerr said. “Particularly in transition defense. And we let them sneak behind us. Those are cardinal sins. We’re 3-15 coming into the game, so every play matters, every possession matters and you got to fight for everything, and I thought our guys did a great job of that down the stretch.”
The Warriors straightened up, outscoring the Bulls 22-6 over the next five minutes to lead 102-85.
“My man’s emotional. I love it,” said rookie forward Eric Paschall, who led the Warriors with 25 points.
“He messed his hand up pretty bad,” forward Draymond Green said. “There was blood all over his pants. And then he got a new clipboard. There was blood all over that clipboard too. He got a rise out of the team, though. We turned the game back around.”