Jackson addresses lack of late production from Lee, Curry


Jackson addresses lack of late production from Lee, Curry

OAKLAND Coming off a tough 93-91 loss to Portland thenight before, Warriors coach Mark Jackson and his staff put the team through abrief practice on Thursday the first part spent working with perimeter players and the secondpart with the bigs.Afterward, Jackson addressed the issue of neither David Leenor Stephen Curry being much of a factor down the stretch of that game, and,quite frankly, not being much of a factor down the stretch all season.
On whether hed like to see Lee and Curry be more apart of the offense during crunch time, get more shots: Id like to see my home-run hitters aggressive, Jackson said. Id like tosee us make unselfish plays and read the defense. One thing about those guys isthey do a nice job of not forcing the issue. Some people would probably like tosee them force the issue. Id like to see them make plays and I think theyredoing a good job of just that.RELATED: Again, Curry, Lee don't do much down stretch
On Nate Robinson taking nine shots in the fourthquarter, and seemingly being involved in every play late in the game, andwhether hed like to see more shot distribution:He played great and made plays and put us in position towin, Jackson said. Id like to see us not allow them to have secondopportunities on the offensive boards.Id like to see us not turn the basketball over.I think its overblown how many shots Nate Robinson had orhow few shots David or Steph had. That has nothing to do with winning. If weclose out defensive possessions and we dont allow them a second opportunityat the other end, the games over.Nate played exceptionally well, and did not take a badshot. I thought it was a good job by those guys understanding how we werehurting them offensively. And, at the end of the day, defensively we did anexceptional job of forcing them into tough ones.On Monta Ellis and Robinson taking most of theteams big shots this season, and whether Lee and Curry havent been aggressiveenough or Ellis and Robinson havent given up the ball.Ultimately, there have been times where Steph wasnt on thefloor due to injury, Jackson said. Where Monta, the ball was in his hands,and it was either make a play or shoot the basketball.Weve certainly gone to David at times down the stretch. We havent designated anybodyclosing out the ballgame. A minute left and weve designed plays and basically gotlooks out of it. But it hasnt been Its your shot, its your play.Thats just the way its boiled down. Ultimately weregoing to continue to get better and Im sure those guys will take and maketheir share of big shots.

Steve Kerr responds to notion Andre Iguodala's hip strain a white lie

Steve Kerr responds to notion Andre Iguodala's hip strain a white lie

On Tuesday morning, the Warriors announced that Andre Iguodala would not play against the Mavs because of a left hip strain

"I would go with 'hip' every single night I was looking to rest a player from now on," 95.7 The Game's Damon Bruce said to Steve Kerr on Wednesday. "A little white lie goes a long way. Is it safe to say that Andre Iguodala's 'hip' is gonna look fantastic come Friday?

"I understand where you're going with this, but this was not a white lie," Kerr said in response. "Andre has had hip tightness the last three days or so.

"He played through it in Oklahoma City. And Chelsea Lane, our physical therapist, told me after the game 'Andre really needed the night off. It would be great to knock this thing out over the next few days, so let's give him tomorrow off.'

"And I always listen to the training staff ... hopefully this will knock out any potential injury."

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On Monday night in Oklahoma City, recorded six points, four rebounds, four assists, two steals and a block in about 22 minutes off the bench.

Through his first 57 appearances this season, Iguodala averaged 25.7 minutes per game. Since Kevin Durant's injury, Iguodala is averaging 29.1 minutes per game.

How much influence do trainers and/or physical therapists have in determining if a player suits up or takes a night off?

"Coaches have always had to rely on the medical staff to help them with the decision-making process," Kerr explained. "I think where we've made progress is in the amount of information that we have. As a coach, my job is to kind of gauge where the players are. But we have a lot more knowledge now with some of the technology where the training staff actually can measure how fatigued a player is.

"I think it's a little easier these days for the training staff to come to the coach and recommend something and have some data to back it up."

Kerr is an advocate for reducing the number of games in the regular season, but he understands that's not a reality.

"I don't think that's gonna happen," he said. "I think it would be great, honestly, if they cut it back to 75 games ... but, let's be honest, there's a lot of revenue at stake."

Report: W's encouraged by KD's rehab, hopeful for regular season return

Report: W's encouraged by KD's rehab, hopeful for regular season return

When the Warriors announced the severity of Kevin Durant's knee injury, they did not rule out a return before the end of the regular season.

And based on the progress of his rehab, the team is "hopeful" but "cautiously optimistic" that Durant will indeed play before the end of the regular season, according to ESPN.

The Warriors have 11 games remaining on their schedule and their final regular season game is April 12 against the Lakers.

On Tuesday, prior to the Warriors game against Dallas, Durant was seen working out on the court and putting up jump shots.

Just a day earlier, Durant worked up a good sweat while riding a stationary bike in Oklahoma City.

Durant is expected to be re-evaluated by the Warriors' medical staff next week.

After initially struggling without Durant, the Warriors have won five straight games. Durant sat on the bench for the road wins in Oklahoma City and Dallas.

Over the weekend, Warriors PG Stephen Curry and PF Draymond Green addressed Durant's recovery.

“You can tell he’s making improvements and following the game plan,” Curry told the media. “I see him in the weight room doing cardio stuff trying to stay as close to game shape as he can while he’s hurt. You like to see improvements every day. We still don’t know when he’ll be back.”

“When he’s ready, we’ll know,” Green told the media. “But it’s not really our job to try to figure out every day how he’s doing. You can kind of see he’s getting better and you just leave it at that.”