Steve Kerr is a great coach, but his job is made easier by the fact that he has two of the top five players in the NBA in Steph Curry and Kevin Durant.
Having superstars like Durant and Curry allows Kerr to let the Warriors play freely, as he can trust his stars to handle any situation that is thrown at them.
Well, almost any situation.
During the first quarter of the Warriors' 132-105 shellacking of the Los Angeles Clippers in Game 3 of their first-round NBA playoff series Thursday night, Durant was hit with two early fouls. Normally, this would force a coach to sit his star player so he doesn't pick up a third foul.
But Kerr stuck with Durant in a show of faith, one he might not give Curry.
"We trust him to play with fouls," Kerr said after the game. "Not sure I trust Steph to play with fouls, but I trust Kevin."
Curry has picked up a few unnecessary fouls early on in the series, getting caught reaching in when he would be well served to play straight up and avoid having to sit on the bench due to foul trouble.
Kerr didn't follow his own intuition Thursday, though, as he elected to also leave Curry in the game after picking up two early fouls.
Both Durant and Curry rewarded Kerr's faith in them.
Durant poured in 38 points and Curry's spearheaded a late first-quarter run that stretched the lead to 20 and put the game out of reach early.