NBA Rumors: Warriors Best Rest Green, Curry; Rebuild With Season Lost
Try as they may, the Golden State Warriors 2019-20 NBA campaign is going nowhere. But being the champions that they are, expect the Dubs to go down fighting.
However, the better question is who will be there until the end of the NBA regular season. With a 9-28 win-loss record in the Western Conference division, head coach Steve Kerr is trying to make do with the players he has right now. Already out are Klay Thompson and Stephen Curry due to injuries. Aside from there, there are other players like D’Angelo Russell and Kevon Looney who are not at 100-percent.
Draymond Green has also been battling injuries for the Dubs. However, the 29-year-old is still doing his best to keep the Warriors afloat. In their overtime loss to the San Antonio Spurs last New Year’s Eve, Green was one shy of a triple-double. Worth noting is that he has been playing over 40 minutes in Golden State’s last two games.
In their loss to the Detroit Pistons (111-104), Green failed to finish the game. He was ejected in the third quarter for arguing with game officials. According to Kerr, Green was tired after a run of bad games and that he may just give the three-time All-Star a break soon.
Dray was just ejected from this game pic.twitter.com/98SCJqH6Br
— Warriors on NBCS (@NBCSWarriors) January 5, 2020
Steve Kerr on Draymond Green. Says the forward is “tired” after a run of bad games. Kerr says he may give Green a night off soon. pic.twitter.com/gRx4JW2QzI
— Logan Murdock (@loganmmurdock) January 5, 2020
“I think you gotta remember that he’s the lone guy, the lone holdover from the group that’s been to the Finals five years in a row, and he looks tired to me,” said Kerr.
With Green possibly getting some rest, it could be a sign that the Dubs are playing it smart for the rest of the 2019-20 NBA season. For Kerr, it may be the best time to give other less-used players some playing minutes that would factor into their future. Should he play Green again, it may be best to do so but on managed minutes.
Thompson is unlikely to return this season with the Dubs wanting him back only at 100-percent. Curry, on the other hand, feels that he can still return and help his team. But undergoing a second surgery last month may further complicate any potential return. With a season seemingly lost, it may be wise for the two-time NBA Most Valuable Player to wait until the 2020-21 season.