Kevin Durant, Steve Kerr at odds over how much Warriors should pass

The Golden State Warriors offense struggled Wednesday in a loss to the the Utah Jazz, scoring just 103 points, well below their season average of 115.

The San Francisco Chronicle noted that the team’s trademark ball movement was missing against the stout Jazz defense, resulting in a season-low 18 assists.

Head coach Steve Kerr, whose arrival in Golden State in 2014 came with a basketball philosophy built on sharing the ball on offense, wasn’t pleased with his team’s effort on that front against Utah.

Steve Kerr wants more ball movement

“We’re not moving the ball,” Kerr said. “We’re not playing the way we’ve played the last few years, where the ball is really moving and we’re taking great shots.”

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OAKLAND, CA - JULY 7: Head coach Steve Kerr of the Golden State Warriors, Kevin Durant and General Manager Bob Myers display the jersey of Kevin Durant #35 Golden State Warriors during the press conference to introduce Kevin Durant on July 7, 2016 in Oakland, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2016 NBAE (Photo by Noah Graham/NBAE via Getty Images)
OAKLAND, CA - JULY 7: Head coach Steve Kerr of the Golden State Warriors and Kevin Durant talk before the press conference to introduce Kevin Durant on July 7, 2016 in Oakland, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2016 NBAE (Photo by Noah Graham/NBAE via Getty Images)
OAKLAND, CA - OCTOBER 04: Head coach Steve Kerr of the Golden State Warriors talks to Kevin Durant #35 during their preseason game against the Los Angeles Clippers at ORACLE Arena on October 4, 2016 in Oakland, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)
PHOENIX, AZ - OCTOBER 30: Head Coach Steve Kerr and Kevin Durant #35 of the Golden State Warriors are seen against the Phoenix Suns on October 30, 2016 at Talking Stick Resort Arena in Phoenix, Arizona. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2016 NBAE (Photo by Barry Gossage/NBAE via Getty Images)
OAKLAND, CA - NOVEMBER 23: Head coach Steve Kerr of the Golden State Warriors looks on smiling as Kevin Durant #35 walks back down court during a break in the action against the Los Angeles Lakers in the first half of their NBA basketball game at ORACLE Arena on November 23, 2016 in Oakland, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images)
OAKLAND, CA - JANUARY 17: Steve Kerr and Kevin Durant #35 of the Golden State Warriors speak to the crowd during the Golden State Warriors Chase Arena groundbreaking ceremony on January 17, 2017 in Oakland, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2017 NBAE (Photo by Noah Graham/NBAE via Getty Images)
OAKLAND, CA - JUNE 04: Kevin Durant #35 and Steve Kerr of the Golden State Warriors celebrate against the Cleveland Cavaliers during the second half of Game 2 of the 2017 NBA Finals at ORACLE Arena on June 4, 2017 in Oakland, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)
OAKLAND, CA - JUNE 4: Steve Kerr and Kevin Durant #35 of the Golden State Warriors in Game Two of the 2017 NBA Finals on June 4, 2017 at ORACLE Arena in Oakland, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2017 NBAE (Photo by Nathaniel S. Butler/NBAE via Getty Images)
CLEVELAND, OH - JUNE 9: Kevin Durant #35 and head coach Steve Kerr of the Golden State Warriors high-five in Game Four of the 2017 NBA Finals on June 9, 2017 at Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland, Ohio. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2017 NBAE (Photo by Andrew D. Bernstein/NBAE via Getty Images)
SHENZHEN, CHINA - OCTOBER 05: Head coach Steve Kerr of the Golden State Warriors speaks to Kevin Durant #35 during the game between the Minnesota Timberwolves and the Golden State Warriors as part of 2017 NBA Global Games China at Universidade Center on October 5, 2017 in Shenzhen, China. (Photo by Zhong Zhi/Getty Images)
OAKLAND, CA - JANUARY 10: Kevin Durant #35 of the Golden State Warriors talks with head coach Steve Kerr while there's a time out against the LA Clippers during the second half of their NBA Basketball game at ORACLE Arena on January 10, 2018 in Oakland, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images)
OAKLAND, CA - APRIL 14: Head coach Steve Kerr of the Golden State Warriors talks with Kevin Durant against the San Antonio Spurs in the second quarter during Game One of the first round of the 2018 NBA Playoff at ORACLE Arena on April 14, 2018 in Oakland, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images)
OAKLAND, CA - MARCH 8: Head coach Steve Kerr and Kevin Durant #35 of the Golden State Warriors celebrate a win against the San Antonio Spurs on March 8, 2018 at ORACLE Arena in Oakland, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2018 NBAE (Photo by Noah Graham/NBAE via Getty Images)
HOUSTON, TX - MAY 28: Kevin Durant #35 and Steve Kerr of the Golden State Warriors celebrate after they defeated the Houston Rockets 101 to 92 in Game Seven of the Western Conference Finals of the 2018 NBA Playoffs at Toyota Center on May 28, 2018 in Houston, Texas. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Bob Levey/Getty Images)
SAN ANTONIO, TX - APRIL 19: Head Coach Steve Kerr, Kevin Durant #35, and Quinn Cook #4 of the Golden State Warriors during Game Three of the Western Conference Quarterfinals against the San Antonio Spurs in the 2018 NBA Playoffs on April 19, 2018 at the AT&T Center in San Antonio, Texas. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2018 NBAE (Photos by Mark Sobhani/NBAE via Getty Images)
OAKLAND, CA - MAY 20: OAKLAND, CA - MAY 20: Golden State Warriors head coach Steve Kerr talks to Golden State Warriors' Kevin Durant (35) during their game against the Houston Rockets in the third quarter of Game 3 of the NBA Western Conference finals at Oracle Arena in Oakland, Calif., on Sunday, May 20, 2018. (Nhat V. Meyer/Bay Area News Group via Getty Images)
OAKLAND, CA - JUNE 3: Head Coach Steve Kerr of the Golden State Warriors exchanges a high five with Kevin Durant #35 of the Golden State Warriors against the Cleveland Cavaliers in Game Two of the 2018 NBA Finals on June 3, 2018 at ORACLE Arena in Oakland, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2018 NBAE (Photo by Joe Murphy/NBAE via Getty Images)
CHICAGO, IL - OCTOBER 29: Kevin Durant #35 of the Golden State Warriors high fives Steve Kerr during the game against the Chicago Bulls on October 29, 2018 at United Center in Chicago, Illinois. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2018 NBAE (Photo by Jeff Haynes/NBAE via Getty Images)
CLEVELAND, OH - JUNE 8: Kevin Durant #35 of the Golden State Warriors and Head Coach Steve Kerr of the Golden State Warriors look on after defeating the Cleveland Cavaliers in Game Four of the 2018 NBA Finals on June 8, 2018 at Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland, Ohio. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this Photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2018 NBAE (Photo by Jesse D. Garrabrant/NBAE via Getty Images)
SALT LAKE CITY, UT - DECEMBER 19: Head coach Steve Kerr of the Golden State Warriors talks with his player Kevin Durant #35 in the first half of a NBA game against the Utah Jazz at Vivint Smart Home Arena on December 19, 2018 in Salt Lake City, Utah. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Gene Sweeney Jr./Getty Images)
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The addition of Kevin Durant in 2016 brought with it a clash in philosophies. Durant, an unmatched physical specimen and arguably the league’s most talented scorer, thrives in isolation and pick-and-roll situations where he can take advantage of his superior size and abilities.

And while he’s perfectly capable of playing his role in moving the ball until the perfect open shot is found, the ball is going to inevitably stop with Durant sometimes. If he’s not looking for those situations, he’s not going to maximize his advantages.

Durant wants more isolation, pick and roll

Durant spoke to that clash of styles after the loss to Utah, which consistently gives Golden State problems. It sounds like he doesn’t agree with Kerr that lack of ball movement is the problem.

“They’re selling out to stop those threes,” Durant said.” So we pass the ball too much, it’s not going to flying around against a good defensive team like that. I know we want to have that ball moving and get 30 assists and 300 passes. But sometimes, it’s not going to be that way.”

Warriors offense not clicking as usual

So what do the Warriors do? The San Jose Mercury News notes that Golden State ranks 16th in the NBA in 3-pointers, a shocking number from the team that led the league in that category in 2015-16 prior to the arrival of Durant.

While they’re second in the league when they do shoot from distance, converting 38.7 percent of their attempts, they’ve gotten away from the philosophy that led to their rise as an NBA juggernaut.

They’re 21-11 this season, well off the pace of the 73-win and 67-win teams of years past, and even lagging last year’s team that won 58 games.

Not a big deal in December

But the clash of styles is a good problem to have when it means having Durant on the roster and one the Warriors have overcome just fine in winning the last two NBA championships.

But as with other issues that have surfaced in Golden State this season, this is one worth watching. If Kerr and Durant are still disagreeing on how to play basketball in April, then there might be a real problem.

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