OAKLAND, Calif. — Golden State Warriors head coach Steve Kerr stated on Sunday that he desires his group to clinch the No. 1 seed within the Western Convention playoffs and safe home-court benefit within the group’s ultimate season at Oracle Enviornment. However as his group heads into the ultimate 10 common season video games of its season, the general well being of the group will take precedent over any playoff positioning.
“Well being at all times comes first,” Kerr stated previous to Sunday’s sport in opposition to the Detroit Pistons. “So every participant we take a look at individually.”
With that in thoughts, the Warriors will relaxation DeMarcus Cousins and veteran Andre Iguodala on the second evening of a back-to-back on Sunday in opposition to the Pistons. This comes an evening after Kerr, together with session from Rick Celebrini, the group’s director of sports activities drugs and efficiency, determined to relaxation guard Stephen Curry and veteran Shaun Livingston.
Kerr famous earlier than Sunday’s sport that Cousins, who remains to be recovering from a left Achilles harm sustained final season, won’t play in each units of a back-to-back the remainder of the season. (The Warriors have two extra units of back-to-backs remaining.)
“With DeMarcus, we made the choice based mostly on Rick’s evaluation he ought to simply not play back-to-backs this season so he isn’t going to,” Kerr stated. “Andre and Shaun, each periodically we have been given relaxation to the final a number of years based mostly on the age and put on and tear. Each on occasion, it’s going to simply come up that Rick will advocate let’s give any individual a relaxation. Final evening it was Steph, he is been going a pair months straight. Has appeared just a little drained the final couple of weeks so it made excellent sense. I believe we’ll be higher for it in the long term. So inside all that we attempt to win.”
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The Warriors enter Sunday’s sport tied with the Denver Nuggets for the highest spot within the Western Convention after the Nuggets’ loss to the Indiana Pacers on Sunday. In contrast to final season, when it grew to become clear the Houston Rockets had locked up the No. 1 seed in direction of the tip of the common season, Kerr stated the Warriors will play to the tip and attempt to earn the home-court benefit.
“The one method that might occur is that if we had been mathematically out of it,” Kerr stated. “After which at that time possibly you decide, but it surely hasn’t even entered my thoughts. We’re simply going for the one seed and attempting to remain wholesome and do all that without delay.”
With Curry again within the lineup on Sunday, Kerr is assured that his group can have no problem bouncing again after a 35-point loss to the Dallas Mavericks at Oracle on Saturday evening. Kerr stated he didn’t handle his group about Saturday’s sport previous to Sunday’s sport in opposition to the Pistons.
“The phrases got here final evening which had been flush it down the bathroom and transfer ahead,” Kerr stated. “So that is what we do and that is how tonight will go. I’ve seen this group so many instances simply bounce again after robust nights so I already know what they’re about. We’ll be advantageous.”