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.”
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.