‘Banged up’ Stephen Curry gets crucial update from Steve Kerr ahead of critical stretch
With the way he’s been playing, Stephen Curry needs a day of rest. Or two. Or 34696.
Curry was given a day off by Golden State Warriors coach Steve Kerr on Thursday as he skipped practice to get some much-needed respite. He’s been averaging around 37 minutes but with an incredibly high usage rate in their last few outings. So Kerr is erring on the side of caution (via NBC Sports Bay Area).
“We have guys who are legitimately banged up right now. I think we just finished six games in nine days if I’m not mistaken.”
Aside from Curry, Draymond Green also sat out practice, while Andrew Wiggins lightly participated. The three of them have been carrying the heavy load for the Warriors, who are likely to end up in the play-in tournament.
It’s worth noting that Curry still isn’t at 100% after suffering a tailbone injury a few days ago. Kerr even admitted that they’re still monitoring his condition, but expressed the belief that the two-time MVP won’t let a physical setback affect him, as he has done all season long.
“Draymond’s knee and Steph’s tailbone are still a lingering concern. “So this was desperately needed having yesterday off and then today, without playing a game. He’s still wearing the (butt) padding, he still feels the soreness so it was good for him to get off his feet the last two days.”
The Warriors will face the eliminated and shorthanded New Orleans Pelicans on Friday, so Stephen Curry might get some light playing time to give him extra time to recharge his body for the tough road ahead.