Steve Kerr lets Warriors coach themselves

Steve Kerr lets Warriors coach themselves

Steve Kerr lets Warriors coach themselves

During a timeout midway through the first quarter, Kerr gave his clipboard and pen to veteran Andre Iguodala.

Cameras caught Iguodala and Green leading the Warriors' huddles throughout the night, at times instructing the team on plays the Warriors coaching staff had prepared, while at other times drawing up plays of their own design.

After the game, Kerr told reporters he wanted to let his players coach as a way to break up the monotony of the regular season.

For months, everything has gone almost ideal for the National Basketball Association with their ratings shooting out of a cannon, star players moving, impact trades, and entertaining games nightly to top it all off. He has reached the NBA Finals every year, winning two of the last three titles. Given how successful the Warriors were on Monday, who knows, maybe he'll give the players additional opportunities to play the role of a coach moving forward.

The Warriors (44-13) had lost three of four before regaining their mojo in a 3-0 homestand in which they shot.553 from the field and.451 from the 3-point line while averaging 124 points.

"Obviously we thought highly of him in the draft and we said the thing about him and Emmanuel Mudiay and other guards who got traded at the trade deadline, 'once he gets a jump shot the game will really open up for him, '" Elhassan said. "We figured it was a good night to pull a trick out of the hat and do something different". "I don't think it's hard to coach those guys, though. They drew up some nice plays, and it was a great night for our guys".

And while playing the Suns helped revitalize the Warriors defense it also did wonders for a couple struggling players. "It had everything to do with me trying to reach my team". "But tonight they needed a new voice". "I just feel like when we're focused, we are really tough to beat". This is a game I'd rather stay away from, but if I had to choose, I'd rather go with the Warriors to get the win and cover even with Green listed as doubtful with a sprained finger.

Kevin Durant had 17 points and Klay Thompson 16 for the Warriors.

Draymond Green (r.) calls a play from the bench during the second half of the Warriors' win over the Suns. Phoenix has lost 12 straight in Oakland, last winning here on February 7, 2011.

"I think (Payton) is definitely a tryout, I don't think he's a rental", ESPN NBA analyst Amin Elhassan said on 98.7 FM Arizona Sports Station's Bickley and Marotta Monday.

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