Warriors win third straight match

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Both can't wait for the playoffs to start.

The Warriors coached themselves to a 129-83 blowout victory against the Phoenix Suns Monday night.

"It's the players' team", Kerr said after the game, "and they have to take ownership of it. I'm exhausted of my voice", Kerr said.

Immediately after the game, Kerr met with Suns coach Jay Triano on the court. Though, Lue's take is probably the most genius of them all thus far.

While the coaching staff still managed substitution patterns, the players did everything else.

The Warriors (43-13) will look for their third straight win without All-Star forward Draymond Green, who will sit out Monday's game with a sprained index finger.

Most of the time, Kerr didn't watch at all.

Everyone focusing exclusively on Kerr's decision to do this, however, is missing the bigger picture, and what Kerr was trying to accomplish in the first place.

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It was no surprise to me that Saints improved defensively when he went because he had become a waste of space. It makes no sense. "I don't like talking about the round after the round you are playing, in fact I hate it".

As the leader of a team, what would you do if you felt you were losing control? I don't feel like we've focused well at all in the last month.

"We fought through that first half, that malaise, whatever you want to call it and ultimately got it going", coach Steve Kerr said. I've talked about it a lot. It's emotionally draining for these guys to play night after night, people coming after them. They don't have a leader in the locker room that says, 'We deserve to get our butts beat like that.

"I think (Payton) is definitely a tryout, I don't think he's a rental", ESPN NBA analyst Amin Elhassan said on 98.7 FM Arizona Sports Station's Bickley and Marotta Monday.

"It just means that I inherited a hell of a team with an unbelievable, talented group of players", Kerr reflected. It's been a long haul these last few years. Let's be honest here for a second the Warriors are the elite of the National Basketball Association, and they know what it takes to win. Three seasons ago this team exploded into the national consciousness and won its first title. Guard Klay Thompson needs 22 points to become the 10th player in franchise history to score 10,000.

The teams haven't met yet this season, so it's possible the Warriors won't even notice that the Suns have changed styles in the past four days. It just seemed like the right thing to do.

The Warriors, on the other hand, have largely stood pat. They struggle in turnovers per game (#29), offensive rebounds per game (#25) and steals per game (#12). Are they lacking motivation?

Payton, acquired from the Orlando Magic for just a second-round pick last week, hit 11 of his 18 shots and also had eight rebounds and a team-high five assists in 31 minutes. The coaches know that.