Steve Kerr provides insight behind Warriors' lineup combinations

Steve Kerr provides insight behind Warriors' lineup combinations

The Warriors currently have 10 players averaging between 10.9 and 34.4 minutes per game.

And that doesn't include Kevon Looney (7.7 mpg over 12 appearances), JaVale McGee (6.4 mpg over 10 appearances) and James Michael McAdoo (6.7 mpg over six appearances).

Is Steve Kerr starting to settle in with his various lineup combinations?

"It's different this year," the Warriors' head coach explained on KNBR 680 on Tuesday. "The last couple of years, our rotation just fit togther so easily. And as a coach, it was really simple to figure out. And this year, we tend to have a lot more decisions game-to-game.

"I might play Ian (Clark) one game, and I might play Patrick (McCaw) in the same minutes the next game. We went small against Boston and played McAdoo, the next game we felt like it was a JaVale game and JaVale did a great job against the Pacers.

"I think we have kind of more niche players who are going to fit differently from one game to the next. And so our rotation is not gonna look exactly the same night in and night out.

"It's kind of fun. I enjoy it. And our players are great about accepting that and being ready to get out there and contribute. And they all have. They've done a great job."


During last Thursday's radio appearance on KNBR, Kerr criticized officials and was slapped with a $25,000 fine three days later.

On Tuesday, host John Lund apologized to Kerr for getting the coach in trouble.

"The words did come out of my mouth so I do take full responsibility," Kerr declared. "But I have to admit, when I go on your show, it's just almost like talking, we're just chatting ... I gotta remind myself.

"Although, the show is probably better when I'm making myself fineable."

Warriors vs. Spurs live stream: Watch NBA game live on MyTeams

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Warriors vs. Spurs live stream: Watch NBA game live on MyTeams

After falling to the Dallas Mavericks on Saturday, the Warriors are looking to avoid their first three-game losing trip on the road under coach Steve Kerr. Next on the schedule: the San Antonio Spurs.

The Warriors (12-5) and Spurs (7-7) each have battled injuries this season, and Golden State again will be without Draymond Green and Steph Curry. Both teams usually are atop the NBA Western Conference standings, but it hasn't been quite as easy this season.

So, can the Warriors overcome drama and injuries to win in San Antonio? We're about to find out.

Here's how you can watch Warriors-Spurs, as well as the pregame and postgame coverage, live online. 

When: Sunday, Nov. 18, at 4 p.m. PT (pregame show at 3 p.m.)
TV channel: NBC Sports Bay Area
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Warriors vs. Spurs watch guide: Lineups, injury report, player usage


Warriors vs. Spurs watch guide: Lineups, injury report, player usage

SAN ANTONIO -- Even as the Warriors project unwavering confidence, alarms are ringing around them. They can silence some of the noise Sunday by beating the Spurs and avoiding their first winless three-game road trip under coach Steve Kerr.

Coverage on NBC Sports Bay Area begins at 3 p.m. PT with Warriors Pregame, and tipoff at AT&T Center is scheduled for 4:05.

The injury-ravaged Warriors (12-5) have lost four of their last six games, including two in a row for the first time since April. They’re coming off a 112-109 loss at Dallas on Saturday night.

The Spurs (7-7) also are are struggling, losing three in a row and five of their last six.


F Kevin Durant
F Jonas Jerebko
C Damian Jones/Kevon Looney
G Klay Thompson
G Quinn Cook

F DeMar DeRozan
F LaMarcus Aldridge
C Dante Cunningham
G Bryn Forbes
G Derrick White


C DeMarcus Cousins (Achilles tendon surgery rehab), G Stephen Curry (groin strain), F Draymond Green (toe sprain) and forward Alfonzo McKinnie (foot soreness) are listed as out.

F/C Davis Bertans (concussion protocol), C Pau Gasol (foot soreness), G Dejounte Murray (ACL surgery rehab) and G Lonnie Walker (medial meniscus tear) are listed as out.


Kerr made a lineup change against the Mavericks, with Kevon Looney replacing Damian Jones at center. Results were mixed, but Jones had the more impactful game. Looney, however, might be the better defender against San Antonio big man Aldridge.

Though Kerr might stay with Andre Iguodala starting at point guard, the coach has to consider going back to Cook inasmuch as the Warriors could use the offensive boost provided by his 50 percent shooting from deep. Cook’s presence also would create more room for Durant and Thompson.

The bench, as a group, was terrific Saturday in Dallas. Point guard Shaun Livingston and shooting guard Damion Lee and Cook had particularly strong games. If Cook doesn’t start, he still could play 20 to 25 minutes.

A roster makeover has given San Antonio an different look and partly explains whey coach Gregg Popovich is using more three-guard rotations than usual. Aldridge is the only consistent starter who was on the team last season.

DeRozan is playing well at shooting guard/small forward. Rudy Gay has been hampered by a tender heel, which caused him to leave the game early Thursday. He was not, however, on the injury list. If he’s healthy, he can make an impact.

Though point guard Patty Mills and shooting guard Marco Belinelli provide scoring off the bench, both can be exploited on defense. Their minutes are needed, but they also contribute an atypically bad defense -- San Antonio ranks 25th in field-goal percentage defense.