Decision by Kerr on Tuesday leaves Warriors sans Splash Brothers vs Clippers


Decision by Kerr on Tuesday leaves Warriors sans Splash Brothers vs Clippers

OAKLAND -- There was a tiny hint of regret in Steve Kerr’s voice late Wednesday afternoon when the Warriors coach reflected on a decision he made a day earlier.

That decision left the Warriors without Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson against the Clippers.

Thompson was not scheduled to play at all, but Curry most certainly was -- until he tweaked his right ankle during the team’s morning shootaround.

Though the Curry injury is not believed to be serious, the Warriors suddenly were without either of the Splash Brothers and, frankly, woefully thin at guard.

“I had told Klay (on Tuesday) that he’d have the day off. He needs one,” Kerr said in his pregame news conference.

Thompson is the only member of the Warriors to have played in every game this season. Chelsea Lane, who oversees the physical performance and sports medicine, went to Kerr a few days ago advising him to find a day to rest Thompson for both physical and psychological reasons.

“It just felt like the right day, before we go on this road trip,” Kerr said. “Once Steph got hurt, what am I going to do? Call Klay and say ‘I changed my mind?’ Obviously, if this were a different situation, we might consider that.

“But we’re giving Klay a day off for a reason. He needs it. So I didn’t feel comfortable at all changing my mind, calling him and saying, ‘Hey, can you play after all?’ So we’ll have to make do.”

The Warriors entered the game with three natural guards: Shaun Livingston, Pat McCaw and Nick Young. Andre Iguodala, can play spot minutes in the backcourt, and both Draymond Green and Kevin Durant are able to initiate the offense.

Kerr acknowledged he considered Quinn Cook, who has appeared in 10 games this season, but realized the two-way point guard was not available. He’s in Canada with the Santa Cruz Warriors, who are participating in the G-League Showcase.

Kerr said his guard rotation on Wednesday would be determined in the hour before tipoff, adding half-jokingly that forward Omri Casspi could see minutes at guard.

As a result, Kerr conceded that the Warriors might have to play bigger than he would like for stretches of the game.

Steve Kerr updates Jordan Bell's status

Steve Kerr updates Jordan Bell's status

Jordan Bell likely envisioned a longer debut at the United Center. 

The Chicago Bulls traded the pick used to select Bell to the Golden State Warriors for cash considerations, and Bell's taken plenty of chances to remind the Bulls to remind them of that fact. 

Instead of getting another chance to rub it in, Bell injured his left ankle 24 seconds in to Golden State's 119-112 win over Chicago on Wednesday. On Thursday, Bell and the Warriors learned the results of his MRI, and it's not as bad as the team first feared, according to head coach Steve Kerr.

"Well, it seemed a lot worse at the time when it happened. Everyone kind of thought he had a broken a bone just based on his reaction [and] what he was telling us," Steve Kerr told Damon Bruce on 95.7 The Game.  "But the MRI was pretty good this morning. Nothing glaring. 

"The X-ray was fine yesterday. So it doesn't appear to be more than a bone bruise but bone bruises can be tricky to heal, so we'll see what happens. But so far, the news has all been good."

Bell has emerged as a bench contributor in his first NBA season. In 38 games, he's averaging 5.1 points, 3.9 rebounds, 1.8 assists, and 1.1 blocks in 14.4 minutes.

Two Warriors named All-Star Game starters


Two Warriors named All-Star Game starters

After sending four players to the NBA All-Star Game last season in New Orleans, the Warriors are halfway to repeating the feat this season.

Point guard Stephen Curry and small forward Kevin Durant were voted in as Western Conference starters for the game scheduled for Feb. 18 at Staples Center in Los Angeles, the NBA announced on Thursday.

Though Curry has missed 15 games -- nearly one-third of the season -- it has not hurt his popularity; His No. 30 is the NBA’s best-selling jersey for the third straight season. He is averaging team-leading 27.7 points, 6.5 assists and 5.3 rebounds, and 1.65 steals per game.

Curry is the first member of the Warriors to be named a starter for five consecutive All-Star games. As the player with the most fan votes, Curry becomes a captain and is in position to select the members of his team.

Durant, who has missed eight games this season, was named as a starter for the sixth time, the first four coming when he was a member of the Thunder.

Durant is averaging 26.2 points (fifth in the league) 6.9 rebounds, 5.4 assists and 2.05 blocks (fourth in the league) per game.