Saturday’s Western Conference showdown between the Golden State Warriors and the San Antonio Spurs will turn out to be the battle of the benches. Warriors’ head coach Steve Kerr said in Friday night’s post-game conference that he plans to sit starters Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson, and Draymond Green, along with sixth man Andre Iguodala, according to ESPN’s Chris Haynes.
The Warriors are coming off a devastating 103-102 loss against the Minnesota Timberwolves, shooting an awful 29.2 percent from three, making a mere 7-of-24 attempts from beyond the arc. A cold-shooting Curry went a dismal 1-of-8 and seemed consistently out of rhythm offensively in a 10-of-27 performance from the floor.
The Spurs announced earlier today that star forward Kawhi Leonard was ruled out for the game, while point guard Tony Parker was listed as questionable, leaving starters LaMarcus Aldridge and Pau Gasol as the only reliable sources of offense for Saturday’s matchup.
Ironically enough, Kerr has pulled a Gregg Popovich on his old coach, a trick he is likely to further match as a means to rest some of his players and save them for their next and final matchup on March 29 at the AT&T Center in San Antonio.
The league isn’t likely to take kindly to these news, as the Warriors-Spurs matchup was chosen as the lone featured matchup for ABC to broadcast Saturday — making it a much less appealing game to watch for the casual crowd.