Steve Kerr lets Warriors players coach themselves during timeouts

So You Think You Can Coach        By Brian Witt

Instead of leading timeouts during Golden State's 129-83 blowout win at Phoenix on Monday night, Warriors head coach Steve Kerr made a decision to let his players handle the huddles during in-game breaks on the sideline.

As the game wore on, both David West and Draymond Green - who wasn't playing due to a sprained finger - were also given turns to put their coaching hats on and call plays.

"I don't think it's something we would do often, but I think it's a good exercise", Kerr said. If the team plays the way it has in 2018, though, there is every reason to believe that Phoenix will enter that fateful night in May with the best chance at the No. 1 overall pick.

"You kind of appreciate the process of being just a little more thoughtful when it comes to controlling the game and the game plan and locking in on tendencies of the Phoenix players and getting your mind right to play", Curry said after the win. It's been a long haul these last few years, and I wasn't reaching them.

That didn't sit well with Phoenix forward Jared Dudley. Although coach Steve Kerr said the injury isn't serious, the Warriors may choose to err on the side of caution, as Wednesday's contest will Golden State's final game before the All-Star break.

"It's a big game for our team", Lillard said. "I think it will only improve as well as he understands who can do different things and where to be". It's emotionally draining for these guys to play night after night, people coming after them. The Warriors defeated the Suns by more than 40 points.

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So, what prompted Kerr's decision to let the players coach?

Kerr's strategy appeared to work, as the Warriors put away the lowly Suns easily, winning by a score of 129-83. Phoenix has lost 12 straight in Oakland, last winning here on February 7, 2011.

"I was trying to be aggressive on the inbounds", LaVine said. As ESPN's Chris Haynes pointed out, while National Basketball Association players may occasionally run the huddle for a small portion of a timeout, "to completely hand the reins over to players multiple times in a game [is] uncommon".

Green eventually took the most predominant role. They're exhausted of my voice - I'm exhausted of my voice.

KD scored 36.4 FanDuel points on Monday, compared to his average of 46.9 FanDuel points per game for the season. I just feel like when we're focused, we are really tough to beat, and tonight we were focused.

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