Derek Fisher got as defensive as teams need to be when trying to stop the Warriors.
The Knicks’ coach grew tired of questions regarding how great the Warriors are, how to stop them and where they rank historically. “I don’t got nothing to do with that,” Fisher said before Sunday night’s 116-95 loss to Golden State (44-4). “We got one game to play tonight. That’s all I care about.”
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Fisher didn’t disrespect the Warriors, but one could tell by his tone and some short answers that he was getting annoyed. Then he finally admitted to it. “For us, we have to walk out there expecting to win,” he said. “I don’t know if you guys are going to walk in there and ask [the players] the same questions you’re asking me. I’d be offended if I was them.”
Fisher often doesn’t like to talk about the opposing team or players. But as someone who played on five championship teams — including one that won 67 games — his perspective can be valuable.
Jose Calderon (sore right groin) missed his third straight game. He hopes to practice this week and return Tuesday against Boston or — “worst-case scenario” — Thursday in Detroit.
“I feel good,” Calderon said. “It’s more trying to be safer than sorry, not make something linger for too long.”
The Knicks will practice Monday and Calderon will test it.
“I feel much better,” he said. “If [Monday] is good, then I can go a little bit more. Who knows — maybe Tuesday? For sure, we don’t want to pull something there and I’m out for three or four months or something like that.”
Langston Galloway started in his place for the third straight game and had nine points and five assists.
Kerr on Knicks, Kristaps
Warriors coach Steve Kerr said the Knicks are improved overall because they have “better” players, one of them being rookie Kristaps Porzingis. “He looks like he’s going to be a star, just with the length and the touch on his shot, the range, but also the passing ability, the feel,” Kerr said. “He looks like a fantastic pick and somebody who they’re going to build around for a long time.’’
Kerr, who turned down Phil Jackson’s offer to coach the Knicks last season, missed almost all of training camp and the first 43 games because of complications stemming from back surgery. He said he was in contact with Jackson, who coached Kerr with the Bulls and now is the Knicks’ president, during that time.
Said Kerr, “We stayed in touch via email and he was great.”
The defending champion Warriors will play in Washington on Wednesday night before visiting the White House and meeting President Barack Obama on Thursday.