Prior to the Warriors' season finale on Wednesday night, Steve Kerr was asked about Steph Curry.
What was the difference between the two-time MVP in the first half of the season vs the second half?
"First couple of months he was definitely trying to adapt to KD and probably deferring to him a little bit and then I think we all kind of realized that after a couple months, KD didn't need any deferring or anything else; Steph could just be himself and then KD could just play off of him," Kerr told the media.
"Steph needs to be more ball dominant -- first couple of months we didn't put him in enough pick and roll and he was probably trying to figure everything out. And then I think it all kind of sorted itself out around the new year, and that's when he got really aggressive and it all started to click at that point."
Through his first 31 games, Curry averaged 24.4 points and 5.9 assists, while shooting 46.7 percent from the field and 40 percent from deep.
Then on Christmas Day against the Cavs, he scored just 15 points on 4-for-11 shooting.
A few days after the loss in Cleveland, Curry was asked if the ball has been in his hands enough this season.
"Definitely want to be in more pick-and-roll situations," Curry answered. "So that whether I'm getting shots or we're manufacturing ball movement -- that's a strength of ours, regardless of how teams play us. There's a balance to getting KD in the right positions to make plays, Klay getting his opportunities, Draymond being able to playmake like he does."
The same day, Kerr acknowledged the same thing.
"I think we can help him -- I can certainly put him in a better position to get going, which I will," Kerr declared. "We're still learning, we're still growing. I'm not the slightest bit concerned ... it's just part of our progression as a team."
The Warriors have been without Stephen Curry for six full games and all but the first two minutes of a seventh. The last three were less out of medical necessity than an abundance of caution.
Curry could, however, return as soon as Friday when the Atlanta Hawks visit Oracle Arena, multiple sources disclosed to NBC Sports Bay Area on Monday night. ESPN, citing league sources, was first to report the team’s plan.
The two-time MVP’s right ankle is scheduled to be reevaluated Tuesday, after which time a firm return date is expected.
Curry was physically able to play -- and actually pushed to return -- last weekend, according to league sources. But the Warriors, looking ahead to the playoffs and seeing diminished value in the remaining regular-season games, opted to continue rehabilitation in hopes of maximizing support for the area around his ankle.
The Warriors have described Curry’s injury not as a sprain but a “tweak,” implying less severity.
Though the Warriors won the game in which Curry was hurt, 110-107 over the Spurs on March 8, they have since lost four of six, including 89-75 on Monday in San Antonio.
The Warriors arrived early Tuesday morning and won’t practice Tuesday afternoon and are contemplating skipping an official practice on Wednesday.
The Warriors, averaging a league-leading 115.5 points per game this season, saw that figure drop to 103.3 during Curry’s six-game absence.
Already down three All-Stars, the Warriors lost their fourth midway through the first half on Monday night.
With just over nine minutes remaining in the second quarter against the Spurs, Draymond Green took a knee from a driving Danny Green.
Draymond was in immediate pain and left the court for the locker room.
Just before the end of the first half, NBC Sports Bay Area's Kerith Burke reported that Green was ruled out for the rest of the game with a "midsection issue."
Early in the second half, the Warriors diagnosed that Green suffered a pelvic contusion and that x-rays were negative.
The Warriors are currently playing without Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson and Kevin Durant. All three are dealing with injuries that will keep them out several games.