Steve Kerr, Warriors ‘are going to talk about’ resting players
The Golden State Warriors rebounded well from Tuesday’s surprising overtime loss at home to the Minnesota Timberwolves with Thursday night’s 112-101 victory over the San Antonio Spurs.
The home-court win over the rival Spurs clinched the No. 1 seed in the Western Conference for the Warriors, and now head coach Steve Kerr is saying that he and the team will discuss resting players during the remaining three games of the regular season.
“We are going to talk about it tomorrow,” Kerr said Thursday night’s win, via ESPN. “We’ve been putting it off for as long as we were able to, which was until we got the 1-seed. Now that we have that, I’m inclined to give some guys some rest if they need it, but I’ve sort of made a pact with the guys that if they are not banged up and they are not tired and if they want to go for this record or whatever then — so we got to talk.”
The Warriors are sitting at 70 wins, meaning the team could still notch 73 on the season by winning out to break the Chicago Bulls’ regular-season win record of 72. Kerr insists injury concerns are on his mind but he’s not overly worried about it, but did admit having to play three games in four nights — including back-to-back tilts against the Memphis Grizzlies and again the Spurs on Saturday and Sunday — weighs on him.
The Warriors will then close out the regular season with a game Wednesday against the Grizzlies.
Kerr has stated in recent weeks that he believes chasing the record has had a negative impact on the team. He also pointed out the following: “People break records. Championships last forever.”
Comments from several Warriors players, including Draymond Green and Klay Thompson, though, appear to suggest the team will be inclined to chase the record, with Stephen Curry perhaps articulating it best.
“We wanted to take care of tonight and clinch home court for the playoffs, was a goal of ours,” Curry said. “With three games left and 73 still there, it’s obviously a lot to play for.”