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Kerr hopes ‘lucky’ Warriors take advantage of play-in tournament berth

Kerr hopes ‘lucky’ Warriors take advantage of play-in tournament spot originally appeared on NBC Sports Bay Area

Now that the Warriors are officially guaranteed a spot in the NBA Play-In Tournament, coach Steve Kerr is ready for Golden State to make the most of an opportunity the league hasn’t always provided, but one they’re all too eager to see. know well.

Three years after the Warriors were kicked out of the league’s first play-in tournament with tough losses to the Los Angeles Lakers and the Memphis Grizzlies, they will be back in it, and this time they hope to advance to the play-in offs in the first round. series as the official No. 7 or No. 8 seed.

As the current No. 9 seed with no chance of finishing the regular season in the top six of the Western Conference, Kerr isn’t taking the tournament for granted.

“Yes, I’m a fan. I love it,” Kerr told reporters Friday evening before the Warriors’ game against the New Orleans Pelicans at Chase Center. “I liked it that first year, even though it cost us, you know. We were the eighth seed after 82 games and we didn’t make the playoffs, but it was great.

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“It’s been great for the league. [It] created a lot of excitement, kept more teams in, created a different kind of mini race for six between the teams in that group. So I think it’s great for the league and, you know, it hurt us that first year. I hope it helps us this year. I mean, we’re on the outside watching to see if this was the normal, old way.

“So yeah, we’re lucky to have it this year. I hope we can take advantage of it.”

As it stands now, the Warriors have their sights set on the West’s No. 8 seed because that position would help them avoid a potential one-and-done scenario in the play-in tournament bracket. If the regular season were to end today, Golden State would face the No. 10 Los Angeles Lakers in a win-or-go-home play-in game.

But the Warriors are well aware that two play-in games instead of one aren’t a guarantee either. And as the regular season comes to a close, Golden State will look to take advantage of the opportunities it gets after the season.

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