Kerr: Hype around NBA record weighing down Warriors

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Golden State Warriors coach Steve Kerr admitted the constant hype surrounding the NBA champions' pursuit of the league's regular-season wins record is affecting his players.

Kerr was speaking a day after the Warriors saw their 54-game regular-season home winning streak snapped by the Boston Celtics, who triumphed 109-106 on Friday.

The shock defeat also dealt Golden State - who had been 36-0 at home prior to the matchup in Oakland - a blow in their pursuit of the 72-win NBA record.

Golden State (68-8) must go 5-1 if they are to eclipse the 72-10 record set by the Chicago Bulls in 1995-96.

And all of this talk about records appears to be taking its toll on the Warriors, according to Kerr.

"I think they want the [wins] record," Kerr said after practice on Saturday.

"But I think what they probably realize is maybe all the talk and all the focus on the record has gotten us away from the process of who we are.

"I do think the constant questions and talk about -- whether it's home win streak or record or whatever -- I think all that stuff does take its toll, whether the players know it or not, whether it's a conscious thing or not, and it probably has taken a little bit away from, as I said, our process or our work."

Incidentally, Kerr was a member of that record-setting Bulls team 20 years ago.

The five-time NBA champion, who won three in a row with the Bulls from 1996-1998, was asked if he experienced the same level of attention in Chicago.

Kerr added: "It's exactly the same. Honestly, it was exactly the same. Constant media questioning about the streak.

"In fact, if you look back at that season, we lost two home games in the last week, 10 days of the season, both by a basket or one point. We were, I think, I want to say 37-0 or something that season at home, and we lost two of our last four.

"When we did break the record, in Milwaukee, I still remember it. It was a horrendous basketball game. We won like 85-80 or something. It was like the same kind of thing. Constant scrutiny, little slippage in our execution, eking out wins, so it does feel the same way."