McCaw out at least two games, Warriors must adjust

McCaw out at least two games, Warriors must adjust

PHOENIX – Warriors guard Patrick McCaw, who sustained a sprained left ankle Friday night in a win at New Orleans, will miss at least the next two games, coach Steve Kerr said Saturday.

Insofar as McCaw has earned a place in Kerr’s regular rotation – the rookie entered in the first quarter against the Pelicans – the coach now has some substantial adjustments to make.

The Warriors already were light on guards, carrying five: Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson, Shaun Livingston, Ian Clark and McCaw. Now they’re down to four.

“It means that no matter what happens, whether it’s close or whether is a blowout either direction,” Kerr said, “we’re going to have some guys on the floor at the end of the game that otherwise might not be.”

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The rotation juggling begins Sunday when the Warriors face the Suns at Talking Stick Resort Arena and continues through at least Tuesday’s game against the Trail Blazers in Portland.

Veteran Andre Iguodala, who plays mostly at small forward, can expect out of necessity a few more minutes than usual in the backcourt.

“We could every easily replace Patrick by playing a bigger player and sliding Andre down,” Kerr said.

The Warriors are in this predicament because they are capable of getting minutes at center or power forward out of eight players: Kevin Durant, Draymond Green, Kevon Looney, James Michael McAdoo, JaVale McGee, Zaza Pachulia, Anderson Varejao and David West.

“We’re a little overloaded with bigs,” Kerr said. “We’ll just have to make do.”

McCaw will be reevaluated after the team returns from Oregon on Wednesday.

Casspi defends his spot on Warriors, explains why he's not worried about being cut


Casspi defends his spot on Warriors, explains why he's not worried about being cut

OAKLAND -- Like much of the NBA and everyone with an interest in the Warriors, Omri Casspi has watched the emergence of Quinn Cook, who came out of the G-League and is making a strong bid to make the postseason roster.

Casspi, out since spraining his right ankle last Friday against Sacramento, happens to be at or near the top of the list of the tiny group of players that might be dropped should the Warriors decide to add Cook.

The 6-foot-9 veteran forward has heard the chatter.

“First of all, it’s you guys talking,” Casspi said, referring to media. “I don’t really feel it from the organization. At the end of the day, I’m focused on getting healthy and playing. That’s all I can control.

“I feel like the team needs me and know what I can do for the team. My focus is on getting healthy and playing.”

The Warriors have until April 11 to submit their playoff roster.

Casspi’s roster spot is in danger for three reasons.

One, he has lost confidence in his long-distance shooting, which was influential in the team’s decision to sign him to a one-year minimum contract last July.

Two, his defense has been a glaring weakness, with teams attacking him at every opportunity.

Three, he had fallen out of the rotation when the team was fully healthy and didn’t return until after succession of injuries. Casspi exceeded 10 minutes of playing time in only one of the 12 games before injuries to several teammates became a factor.

Stephen Curry’s ankle woes this season, along with Cook’s impressive play, are making a persuasive argument for adding the third-year point guard.

For now, Casspi is determined to get back on court after missing the last two games.

“With my role on this team, when I’m healthy I want to go out there and play, maybe not 100 percent healthy, but close to it,” he said. “That’s what I’m focused on, on feeling good and running up and down and being able to cut and move and be out there again with the guys.”

As Warriors inch closer to full health, Kerr provides update on Durant, Klay


As Warriors inch closer to full health, Kerr provides update on Durant, Klay

OAKLAND -- Stephen Curry, Kevin Durant and Klay Thompson all worked up sweat Wednesday, putting the Warriors ever closer to being whole again.

Only Draymond Green did not full participate in the non-contact practice session, but he’s expected back in a matter of days.

So while the Warriors are a little more than a week away from possibly having the full squad available, they’re starting to feel a little less vulnerable.

“They’re all kind of day-to-day,” Warriors coach Steve Kerr said. “Steph is closer to playing than KD and Klay.”

Curry has not played since March 8, when he tweaked his surgically repaired right ankle. He missed the last six games. Durant (rib cartilage injury) and Thompson (right thumb sprain) sustained their injuries on March 11 at Minnesota, though Durant played one more game, March 14, before receiving a diagnosis. Durant missed the last three games, Thompson the last four.

Green sustained a pelvic contusion Monday night at San Antonio, but believes he will be available this weekend, either Friday against Atlanta or Sunday against Utah.

Curry, though, is fully cleared for all activities.

“Steph looks great,” Kerr said. “He’s chomping at the bit. But we’ll see how he responds in the next couple days before we decide whether he plays or not.”

Durant loathes acknowledging pain or injuries, and his return will be dictated by his ability with withstanding the contact inevitable in the course of a game.

“I don’t expect KD to play this week,” Kerr said. “It’s not like a timetable . . . just sort of a feel thing. It’s symptomatic with him.”

Thompson seems, at this point, the furthest away from full activity.

“Klay did some stuff," Kerr said, “but not full participation.”