The time Steve Kerr was absolutely concerned about the Warriors' defense

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Do you remember the last 17 games of the regular season, or have you blocked that time period out of your head?

Well, just a refresher:

Steph Curry tweaked his ankle on March 8 and the Warriors went 2-4 over their next six games without him.

On March 23, Curry returned and the Warriors beat the Hawks, but the two-time MVP was lost for the rest of the regular season.

Golden State went 4-6 over the final 10 games and lost to the Pacers by 20 and the Jazz by 40.

"The only time I was really worried, honestly, was the last week of the season," Steve Kerr told reporters on Monday. "Our defense was so bad in Indiana and in Utah. There was absolutely a part of me that thought, 'I don't know if we can get our defense together.'

"I know we'll get our offense together, but defense requires a mentality and a spirit and a unity and a sense of purpose from the five guys on the floor. And we were just a shell of ourselves. I did understand the concept and the fact that we weren't playing for anything and that we had a lot of injuries.

"But I wasn't sure. You're never sure in this business of anything. I had some concerns but I think our guys did a great job right away in the Spurs series of reestablishing our defense and getting us back on track."

From March 9 through April 10, the Warriors slipped to 17th in defensive efficiency.

Over that same period, they allowed their opponents to shoot 47 percent from the field -- seventh worst in the league.

Through nine playoff games so far, the Warriors boast the No. 1 defense, allowing just 99.4 points per 100 possessions.

"Now we have Steph back and he's getting his feet wet, and so I feel like we're really rounding into form," Kerr said.

Drew Shiller is the co-host of Warriors Outsiders. Follow him on Twitter @DrewShiller

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