Kerr Acknowledges ‘stylistic Tension' Between Curry, Durant: ‘Got to Live With Some Isos'

You know the nuts and bolts at this point.

During the Western Conference Finals vs Houston, the Warriors seemed to go through a little bit of an identity crisis on the offensive end.

The Warriors ended up playing more iso ball than they ever had under Steve Kerr, and the Rockets definitely deserved some credit for that.

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Kerr was a guest on The Lowe Post Podcast on Monday, and was asked the following question by Zach Lowe:

"Is there any kernel of truth to the idea that -- even though you guys have won two straight championships -- that there is sort of an inherent stylistic tension between the way Steph plays and the way KD plays? Or you guys have generally figured it out?"

Kerr's response:

"I wouldn't say we've figured it out. I would say there is stylistic tension but not personal tension .. it's not like anybody is pointing the finger or blaming one another ... if you want to have the best iso player on Earth, then you got to live with some isos when maybe you don't want them.

"The luxury of having KD bail us out of possessions is occasionally gonna lead to a stagnant offense when we're seeing a defense that is doing a good job against us.

"So there wasn't anything emotionally that was bothering us. It was more, 'We gotta figure this out strategically.' And I think we did."

On Tuesday, Lowe wrote a feature on Durant, which included the following quotes from Curry:

- "We complement each other. We occupy different spots on the floor. The only thing we've had to work on, chemistry-wise, is reading situations -- what plays to call, deciding the balance of who gets to initiate the offense."

- "He played a certain way for nine years, and there are habits you have to break to play our style. It took him a while to adjust."

There's no doubt that Curry missing 31 games (plus the first six playoff games) hindered some of the on-court chemistry he and Durant had built.

Assuming Durant is back next season, one would expect the Warriors will "figure it out" sooner rather than later...

Drew Shiller is the co-host of Warriors Outsiders. Follow him on Twitter @DrewShiller

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