Steve Kerr watched his Golden State Warriors dish out 46 assists on Friday night, and he offered sound advice following his team’s effort.
“Gather ye rosebuds while ye may,” is the opening line of the poem “To The Virgins, To Make Much of Time,” written by Robert Herrick. In “Dead Poet’s Society,” Robin Williams’ character John Keating explains how that line urges everyone to seize the day, or carpe diem, in Latin. It’s unclear if that film is among Steve Kerr’s favorites, but he used it as the inspiration for his postgame quotes.
“I think guys were embarrassed by the last two games,” said Kerr on Friday night to The Athletic’s Anthony Slater. “These guys love to play. I’ve probably been talking too much about the grind of the season, all that, instead of just reminding them: Go out and play. Enjoy it. There are no guarantees about tomorrow. On many levels. So just go out and play and enjoy tonight.”
Golden State assisted on 46 of their 55 field goals in their 133-112 beatdown of the Orlando Magic. Draymond Green and Stephen Curry led the way with 10 helpers each, followed by Kevin Durant (seven), Klay Thompson (five), Zaza Pachulia (four), Patrick McCaw (four) and David West (four).
“Forty-six assists is insane,” continued Kerr. “We lead the league in assist-to-turnover ratio, and we’re eighth in turnovers. That’s probably never happened before.”
Over the last two seasons, there have been just three instances where a team records more than 45 dimes in a game. The Warriors are responsible for all of them. Before 2016, we have to go all the way back to 2000, when the Milwaukee Bucks had 46 against the Charlotte Hornets.
The Warriors’ 30.8 nightly assists are tops in the league, and they’re not too far behind the 31.4 the Los Angeles Lakers recorded in 1985, which still stands as the NBA record.
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