The Golden State Warriors seemed to have gotten their old vibe back after forward Kevin Durant was sidelined with an injury, winning their last two games, including a 30-point victory over the Orlando Magic on Thursday night.
Remaining atop the Western Conference with a game and a half advantage over their rival San Antonio Spurs, the Warriors will badly need a win the next time the two teams meet on March 29 at the AT&T Center in San Antonio.
In a normal situation, Golden State would have little to play for, as they’re already down 2-0 in the tiebreaker with the Spurs, but with the playoff race this tight, every win counts and one against the Spurs could prove key on locking the No. 1 seed.
Despite his sarcastic comments, Kerr has no plans to rest any players during the next trip to San Antonio, noting this back-to-back isn’t as exhausting as the one last week. The Warriors will first play at Houston, then go into San Antonio for the back end of the series.
“It’s not the end of a 13-day journey,” he said. “So I anticipate we will be playing everybody.”
The man at the helm claimed that he had kept commissioner Adam Silver and the league office in the loop regarding his resting of players last Saturday.
“I’m in constant conversation with people in the league. We all work together — we really do,” said Kerr. “Nobody called me to complain and said, ‘How could you do this?’ There’s nothing like that.
“Adam is all ears. There’s an awareness on the league’s part that we have to do everything possible… especially if you have key games that you’re trying to promote. Maybe take a look. Maybe try to make sure both teams are rested and not at the end of some long odyssey.”