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Why Kerr isn't surprised Steph's minutes are being scrutinized

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Steve Kerr talking to Steph Curry

The last time Steph Curry averaged more than 35 minutes per game was the 2013-14 NBA season, the year before the Warriors won their first NBA title in 40 years and the year before Steve Kerr took over as coach.

Ever since then, Curry's minutes have hovered between 32 and 34.2 minutes per game, aside from the five games last season when he averaged 27.8 minutes.

This season, with Curry averaging 29.5 points per game and carrying the offensive burden, Kerr still is playing him 33.8 minutes per game, just below his career average of 34.3 minutes.

And with the Warriors struggling to find consistency, a section of Dub Nation is clamoring for Kerr to increase Curry's minutes and play him more than five or six minutes in the fourth quarter.

Kerr made it clear after the Warriors' 105-100 loss to the San Antonio Spurs on Monday night that he has no intentions of upping Curry's minutes to 40 per game in order to "chase wins."

Those quotes were discussed and dissected on national TV all morning and afternoon Tuesday.

Roughly 90 minutes before the Warriors were set to take on the Spurs again before heading home, Kerr was asked by NBC Sports Bay Area's Monte Poole if he was surprised his comments about Curry's playing time have become such a big topic.

"Not really," Kerr told Poole and other reporters on a Zoom conference call. "Not in today's world. That's kind of the nature of the beast. Everything's going to be amplified because of social media. To be honest, I'm just happy our fans care so much that they're engaged. That's what we want in sports. We want our fans to be really passionate. We ask that of them. We try to give them a product that will make them passionate about our team and I think we have a really good ... following and energy with our fan base.

 

"I'm not going to always make the right, perfect decision or our players aren't always going to make the great play or right play. We're all going to make mistakes. A big part of our job, players, coaches, management is just understanding that the talk and chatter is all part of the process and in the end, it's really a good thing. Better than nobody watching."

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Curry played 35 minutes Monday night, so it will be interesting to see how far Kerr pushes him Tuesday night. At 12-12, the Warriors really could use a win to close out the road trip through Texas and feel good on the flight home to the Bay Area.

Kerr is strong in his convictions and likely will stick to keeping Curry around 34 or 35 minutes a game for the rest of the season. But in a tight Western Conference playoff race with every game meaning so much, as the season get shorter, he might not have a choice to insert the two-time NBA MVP earlier in the fourth quarter.

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