Warriors

Kerr explains why resting Steph, Draymond was easy decision

Warriors

On paper, the Warriors' game against the Phoenix Suns on Thursday night looks like a game that would have a lot barring on it. Following two brutal losses to the Los Angeles Lakers and Portland Trail Blazers, it's the Warriors' last shot at ending the first half of the season on a good note. 

Sure, the odds are stacked against them, but it still felt like one they'd really try and go after. 

Steve Kerr had different thoughts on the matter. 

Thursday morning, The Athletic's Anthony Slater reported, citing sources, that Steph Curry and Draymond Green would sit out the game against the Suns. 

The Warriors might still have a shot at winning, but, well, that would take a small miracle. If the Warriors drop this game, it will be their first three-game losing streak of the season. 

But according to Kerr, deciding to rest Curry and Green wasn't a tough decision. He called in "very easy," and, in fact, it's one he made a week ago.

"For Steph, we looked at the schedule maybe a week ago and figured that this was what we were going to do," Kerr said in his pregame press conference. "Draymond was based more on the injury he suffered in L.A.

"Draymond, we definitely didn't want playing a back-to-back on the ankle from the other night, and Steph just needs a rest. This is a brutal back-to-back. We got to the hotel at about 3:30 a.m. Given the All-Star break is here and Steph, otherwise, isn't getting much of one, given that he's playing in the game, made a lot of sense to send him home and get him an extra day to rest and prepare for the second half of the season."

 

Kerr said he didn't consider whether he would have rested Curry if there wasn't an All-Star Game. It's a moot point, he said, because there is a game.

To make the short-handed Warriors even shorter, Kelly Oubre Jr. will miss his second consecutive game with a left wrist sprain. 

Due to these absences, Kerr is giving his young players a chance to shine.

Nico Mannion, Damion Lee and Juan Toscano-Anderson will fill in for the three missing starters and will join Andrew Wiggins and James Wiseman in that lineup. 

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Also expect to see a good chunk of time is Jordan Poole who, with Mannion, was called up from the G League bubble on Monday. 

Clearly, while the Warriors won't have the opportunity to enter the All-Star break on the high note one might have imagined, they're using their game against the Suns to help their less-experienced players get some more playing time and give their key veterans the rest they need for a successful campaign in the second half of the season.

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