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Unless he is in foul trouble or gets hurt, Steph Curry almost always plays the entire first quarter and the entire third quarter. He then will typically re-enter the game with about 6 or 7 minutes left in the second and fourth quarters. But on Monday night vs Memphis, that was not the case.
Steve Kerr took Curry out with 3:21 remaining in the first quarter and then put Curry on the floor to start the second period. The two-time MVP went to the bench at the 6:08 mark and checked back in for the final 3:08 of the first half.
In the second half, Curry checked out with 3:27 left in the third quarter and started the fourth quarter.
After shootaround on Wednesday morning in Utah, Kerr discussed the change in strategy with reporters.
"Just changing the look. Experimenting," the head coach said. "We're still in the first half of the season and we've had so many injuries, we haven't really been able to settle on a second group to start the second and fourth quarters -- like we've had the last couple years.
"I think that's something we need to establish and we wanted to look at a different way of doing it. And we'll probably do it again. We'll play it by ear."
Steve Kerr has flipped his rotation patterns, putting Steph Curry with the second unit to start the 2nd/4th quarters instead of Klay. He discusses that change. pic.twitter.com/u0HGeMymrS— Anthony Slater (@anthonyVslater) December 19, 2018
It's safe to assume that Kerr and his coaching staff elected to tweak things vs the Grizzlies because of what happened last Friday in Sacramento. With Curry and Kevin Durant on the bench to start the fourth quarter, the Kings went on a 15-2 run and it nearly cost the Warriors the game.
If the gameplan is the same tonight as it was vs Memphis, either Curry or Durant will be on the floor at all times and this staggering of the superstars may be better in the long run.
"It's a different look from what we had been doing," Kerr added. "So we just want to get a deeper look at it and look at certain actions that we might run with that group. And I think that could help us get off to better starts in the second and fourth.
"I talked to him (Curry) about it before the game the other night and he said, 'Yeah. I'll do that. No problem.' It's the idea that we got to do what's best for the team and he's always willing to do that."
Drew Shiller is the co-host of Warriors Outsiders. Follow him on Twitter @DrewShiller