OAKLAND, Calif. — With TNT airing his postgame press conference live, Golden State Warriors head coach Steve Kerr on Wednesday night spiced praise for his players with profanity.
“Our guys are (expletive) giants,” Kerr said after watching his team beat the Houston Rockets 104-99 in Game 5 of the Western Conference semifinals despite losing Kevin Durant to a leg injury in the third quarter.
The Warriors lead the series 3-2.
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“I don’t know if you’re a soccer fan, but Liverpool yesterday came out with one of the great wins in soccer history,’’ Kerr said, referring to Liverpool’s victory over Barcelona. “After the match, the manager, Jurgen Klopp, said, ‘The young kids of Liverpool are probably asleep by now, so I’m just going to go ahead and say it. Our boys are (expletive) giants.’
“That’s what he said. I know how he feels, so I apologize to my mom, who’s probably watching. But our guys are (expletive) giants.”
Golden State led 68-65 when Durant limped off the court and headed to the locker room with what the team described as a calf strain. Considering the Rockets had all but erased a 20-point deficit when Durant went down, Golden State looked to be in trouble.
But Steph Curry (25 points) shook off his shooting woes and helped spur the Warriors to one of their most inspired playoff victories in recent years.