The Golden State Warriors have been the dominant force in the NBA this season as they look to repeat their ring-winning success of last year.
The Dubs have been near perfect all season on their way to a 56-6 record but suffered a minor bump in the road as they fell to a shock defeat to the Los Angeles Lakers.
Byron Scott's young team shook the world with their 112-95 win, to avoid being swept by their conference rivals. But as good as the Lakers were, the Warriors were equally as poor.
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They returned to the Bay and enjoyed some home comforts on Monday night as they overcame another young team, the Orlando Magic. However, it was a far from comfortable night for Steve Kerr and his men as they almost threw away a 17 point lead.
A clutch three-point shot from Klay Thompson preserved their advantage and wrote the Warriors' name in history as they broke the 1995-96 Chicago Bulls' record of consecutive home wins.
Despite holding on to their winning record, Kerr is hoping his charges can cut out one aspect of their game that plagued them during their previous two encounters; turnovers.
The defending champions gave away the ball 44 times in their games with the Lakers and Magic. Kerr believes some of the most recent examples have been inexcusable and puts it down to complacency from the Warriors players.
As per NBC Sports, the former Chicago Bulls player said: “Yeah, 46 turnovers in the last 36 hours, inexcusable. I think the team leading the league averages 12 or 13 a game so some are going to happen, but I can rattle off 10 easy that were just inexcusable. Sometimes the game comes too easy for our guys and they just think they can do anything.”
Kerr may have added two extra turnovers to the total, but his point still stands; the Warriors have been sloppy in a lot of their games since the All-Star break and have relied heavily on big performances from the likes of Stephen Curry and Thompson to drag them over the line.
Dips are always expected during a season as imperious as the Warriors' current campaign; they can't always go out and blow teams away, it is just not the nature of the league. But cutting out unnecessary turnover sure would make life easier in their pursuit of a new regular season record.
Their next game comes in the early hours of Thursday when they face the Utah Jazz at the Oracle Arena. Another win will take the Dubs one step closer to the record that has stood for 20 years, but Kerr will be keen to see the players cut out the turnovers that have disrupted the rhythm of their most recent displays.