With two games left in the regular season, the Warriors are playing their first meaningless game of the year. Golden State (56-24) clinched the No. 1 seed in the West and has nothing to play for -- other than staying sharp -- Tuesday night against the New Orleans Pelicans.
Warriors coach Steve Kerr has chosen to rest superstar Kevin Durant and center Andrew Bogut for the game. Andre Iguodala will also miss the game with a toe soreness, although Kerr has deemed the injury not serious.
The Dubs have won five straight games and are playing some of their best basketball of the season. Steph Curry led the way with 27 points in Sunday night's win over the Clippers, and will likely take on an added scoring load with Durant on the bench.
The Pelicans (33-48), meanwhile, are playing for ping-pong balls in the draft lottery. Pelicans superstar Anthony Davis has not played since March 24 with "back spasms," although his absence is likely more due to a trade request has taken over the team since February. Despite having nothing to play for, New Orleans had a nice win over the Kings in their last contest. Former Warrior Ian Clark led the Pelicans with 31 points, including seven 3-pointers.
Davis, however, is listed as probable for the game. He showed up to the arena wearing a "That's All, Folks" shirt. Cue the speculation ...
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Here's how you can watch Warriors vs. Pelicans on NBC Sports Bay Area and streaming online:
When: Tuesday, April 9, at 5:00 p.m. PT (pregame at 4:00 p.m.)
TV channel: NBC Sports Bay Area
Live stream: MyTeams by NBC Sports app
Desktop users can stream the game here.
It sounds like the Warriors' front office is going to be very busy during the month that is typically the slowest on the NBA calendar.
The 2020 NBA Draft Lottery and 2020 NBA Draft Combine are expected to be held in August, sources told Shams Charania of The Athletic.
The lottery -- which was scheduled for May 19 -- will determine the Warriors' position in the draft.
The combine -- originally planned for May 21-24 -- also was postponed because of the coronavirus pandemic.
It's unclear if the event will be held in person or through virtual methods. Over the last couple of months, the Warriors have been able to speak with draft prospects over Zoom.
This story will be updated.
Steve Kerr played a prominent role in "The Last Dance" documentary on the 1997-98 Chicago Bulls.
If you didn't know already, the film crew spoke with the Warriors coach in late October 2018 when Golden State was in New York to face the Knicks.
"It was funny -- I had forgotten about the interview," Kerr told Warriors play-by-play broadcaster Bob Fitzgerald last Friday. "So we came back from practice -- I completely spaced out, I got a workout at the gym where we practiced -- I come back to the hotel late (and) these guys are waiting in the lobby.
"They got this huge production. They had rented a suite. There's got to be 20 people in there and a million cameras. I felt so bad. I didn't even take a shower. I just ran up and did the interview."
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In case you haven't seen any of the episodes yet -- Kerr wore a blue Warriors long-sleeve shirt for the sit-down conversation.
"As soon as I sat down, I thought, 'I like this. I got my Warriors shirt on. This is gonna show pretty well,'" Kerr said to Fitzgerald. "When we sat down to watch it (the actual documentary on TV), my daughter and my wife immediately turned to me and they said, 'You couldn't take a shower and fix your hair before the interview?'"
You got to love Maddy and Margot Kerr for keeping it real.
No word yet on if Kerr at least was able to put on some deodorant.
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