Durant blames Warriors' turnover problems on 'overpassing'
The Golden State Warriors share the ball beautifully, but there's a downside to their equal-opportunity offense.
Namely, the Warriors have a nasty habit of committing needless turnovers.
Following a 20-turnover outing against the Toronto Raptors on Wednesday, Kevin Durant called out himself and the team for making poor decisions with the ball.
"We're just overpassing, to be honest," Durant told Anthony Slater of the San Jose Mercury News. "I was the worst. I threw the ball away when I had a wide-open three, just dropping the ball."
"It's the stuff we can control," he added. "It's not like they're getting into us and turning us over themselves. We're doing a lot of just overpassing and getting into the lane and trying to make the second or third pass when we have a layup on the first or second one."
High turnover totals come part and parcel of the Warriors' breakneck pace, but that doesn't excuse carelessness, which leads to costly decisions.
On Wednesday, for example, the Warriors jumped out to a 25-point lead over the dazed visiting Raptors, but then coughed the ball up 20 times over the last three quarters, allowing Toronto to mount a comeback with 26 points off turnovers.
Golden State did eventually quell the comeback efforts with a sublime offensive display that saw the team hit 57 percent from the field and 61 percent from deep, along with 33 assists. But they'd be even deadlier if they can rein in their wild ways.
"We have to do a better job of that, but it's a good problem to have. It shows a lot of unselfishness from us," Durant said.