Steve Kerr laments sitting Warriors’ stars vs. Cavs; advocates for shorter season

CLEVELAND — Steve Kerr does not like being the dangerous man, and empathizes with followers who get upset when NBA groups depart star gamers.

Golden State’s coach has an answer — much less video games.

Following the Warriors’ additional time loss in Boston on Thursday evening, Kerr sat celebrity Stephen Curry together with starters Draymond Green, Klay Thompson and Andrew Wiggins on Friday evening towards the Cleveland Cavaliers. Golden State nonetheless managed to win, 120-114.

Curry, who just lately returned after lacking 11 video games with a shoulder damage, performed 43 minutes and scored 29 factors within the Warriors’ 121-118 loss to the Celtics in a rematch of final season’s NBA Finals received by Golden State.

Kerr’s determination meant followers had been disadvantaged of possibly seeing Curry placed on a capturing clinic like he did at Rocket Mortgage Fieldhouse in final yr’s All-Star Game. This is Golden State’s solely go to to Cleveland.

“I really feel horrible for followers who purchase tickets anticipating to see somebody play and they do not get to see that individual play,” Kerr mentioned. “It’s a brutal a part of the enterprise. It’s why I’m going to proceed to advocate for 72-game seasons.”

Kerr’s rationale is {that a} shorter season would higher defend gamers’ well being, stability the schedule and enhance the general high quality of play. Most importantly, it will maintain gamers contemporary for the playoffs when the video games imply extra.

“You take 10 video games off the schedule, it all the time appears like with 10 video games left within the yr all people’s form of had it anyhow,” he mentioned. “That creates sufficient relaxation the place we do not have to have a few of these loopy conditions. I feel you’d see approach fewer video games missed from gamers.”

Only Jordan Poole was out there among the many starters Kerr used towards the Celtics. Poole additionally performed 43 minutes in Boston. He performed one other 41 towards Cleveland, scoring a game-high 32 factors.

Kerr has been juggling his rotation currently whereas making an attempt to stability bringing gamers again from accidents and getting them sufficient relaxation. Curry was out together with his shoulder whereas Wiggins missed 15 video games with a strained leg muscle and a non-COVID sickness.

Kerr has additionally been making an attempt to snap his workforce out of a season-long funk. The Warriors are 23-23 and simply 6-18 on the street regardless of Friday’s win.

He mentioned the choice to relaxation his 4 gamers towards the Cavs had nothing to do with the loss to the Celtics.

“You cannot function that approach,” he mentioned. “I do know it is a massive subject across the league. We have a lot extra knowledge. So rather more consciousness of gamers’ vulnerability. It’s confirmed that if guys are banged up, back-to-backs, gamers are more likely to get injured and miss extra video games and that is why you are seeing it league broad.

“Everybody is being cautious when a man is banged up. You’re simply taking part in the lengthy recreation.”

While the Warriors are severely short-handed, the Cavs sat star guard Donovan Mitchell for the second straight recreation with a strained groin.

Cavs coach JB Bickerstaff believes there is a larger profit to giving gamers extra relaxation. It extends careers, subsequently giving followers the prospect to see them play longer.

“You have a look at these guys they usually’re taking part in 15 years to some guys 20 years,” he mentioned. “So it is a commerce off of 5 video games a season and also you get 5 extra years of those guys taking part in. So I feel in the long term, the followers get their cash’s value as a result of guys do get to increase their profession and play extra years.

“I do know from our standpoint the place you solely get to see a workforce yearly. I do know that may be irritating for followers if these guys do not play however I do suppose for the better good of the sport, getting these superstars and elite gamers for a number of years and a number of extra seasons, I feel is barely good for the sport.”

Cleveland additionally was with out reserve guard Ricky Rubio, who just lately returned after lacking a yr following knee surgical procedure. The Cavs are simply being cautious with Rubio, who performed 12 minutes towards the Grizzlies.

Information from The Associated Press was used on this report.

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