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


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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