Steve Kerr Had a Hunch, and the Analytics Prove He Was Correct

The Warriors were far from perfect in their season opener on Tuesday night.

They turned the ball over 20 times, committed 29 fouls (more than any game last season) and shot below 27 percent from deep.

During his postgame press conference, Steve Kerr -- on multiple occasions -- mentioned how the Warriors aren't quite in peak shape yet.

"As I said, I thought most of our guys looked spent out there," Kerr said. "But this is the only way to get over the hump. They've got the foundation of the conditioning; they got to get over the hump with their wind and their legs."

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"I don't know what the numbers will show, but we dribbled a lot more than we should. I thought we were pounding the ball into the floor. We've got to get the ball moving via the pass again, and then we'll look more like ourselves."

Kerr's hunch was correct.

The Warriors -- who averaged 826 dribbles per game last season -- dribbled the ball 883 times vs the Thunder.

The Warriors -- who averaged just under 323 passes per game last season (4th most in the NBA) -- only registered 271 passes last night.

This will definitely be something to monitor over the next two games...

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

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