OAKLAND, Calif. — Golden State Warriors head trainer Steve Kerr said Sunday that he wants his team to clinch the No. 1 seed at the Western Conference and secure homecourt advantage at the team’s final season at Oracle Arena. But since his group heads to its final 10 regular season matches, the overall wellness of the group will require priority within any playoff positioning.
“Health consistently comes first,” Kerr said prior to Sunday’s match against the Detroit Pistons. “So each player we start looking at individually.”
With that in mindthe Warriors will rest DeMarcus Cousins and veteran Andre Iguodala on Sunday at the second night of a back-to-back contrary to the Pistons. This comes the night after Kerr, along with consultation from Rick Celebrini, also the group director of sports performance and medicine, chose to rest guard Stephen Curry and veteran Shaun Livingston.
Kerr noted earlier Sunday’s match that Cousins, who is still dealing with a left Achilles injury sustained last season, will not play in both sets of a back-to-back the rest of the growing summer season.
“With DeMarcus, we made the decision based on Rick’s assessment [which ] he should simply not play back-to-backs this season, therefore he’s not likely to,” Kerr explained. “Andre and Shaun, both periodically we’ve been awarded rest to the last several decades, based on this and wear and tear. Every once in a while, it is going to only develop that Rick will urge let us give somebody a rest. Last night it had been Steph. He has been moving two of months straight. Has looked a little tired the last few weeks, so that it made sense. I believe we’ll be better because of it in the future. So within all of , we decide to attempt to win.”
The Warriors enter Sunday’s game tied with the Denver Nuggets to the best spot in the Western Conference after the Nuggets’ loss to the Indiana Pacers on Sunday. Unlike last season, when it became clear that the Houston Rockets had locked up the No. 1 seed towards the finish of the normal season, Kerr reported the Warriors would play to the end and try to get homecourt advantage.
“The only way that could happen is if we were mathematically out of it,” Kerr said. “And at that point, maybe you make a determination, however, it’s not even entered my mind. We’re only choosing the 1-seed and attempting to stay balanced and do everything at the same time.”
Together with Curry in the lineup Sunday, Kerr is convinced that his team will not have a issue bouncing back after a 35-point loss to the Dallas Mavericks on Saturday at Oracle. Kerr said he didn’t address his team concerning Saturday’s match ahead to Sunday’s match against the Pistons.
“The words came yesterday, that were flush it down the toilet and proceed forward,” Kerr explained. “So that’s what we do, and that’s how tonight will go. I have seen this team so many times only bounce back after demanding nights, so that I know what they are about. We’ll be fine.”