Jackson says Warriors still have a lot to play for


Jackson says Warriors still have a lot to play for

The Warriors are 20-29 and have 17 games left in theirseason. Two of their best players Stephen Curry and Andrew Bogut are hurt.Theyre not going to make the playoffs.Theyve got six rookies on their roster right now andseveral veterans who have been around the NBA block or two.Theyve also got very little incentive to win, consideringthe better they finish the harder it will be to keep their draft pick.So, what is there really to play for?
Well, thats not a great place to go with Warriors coachMark Jackson.To me, thats a losers mentality, a quitters mentality,Jackson said about just playing out the string for next season. If you allowthat to fester or invite it into the locker room, its going to bite you downthe road. And youll wonder why you gave birth to it duringadversity.Jackson is well aware that a segment of Warriors fans arerooting for the team to lose right now, so as to better their chances ofkeeping their pick. If the Warriors end up with the No. 1 through No.7 pick, theyll get to keep it. If its No. 8 or worse, it will be conveyed toUtah.Jacksons not having it.I know what this does is build character, Jackson said.It builds something that when we get it right people will wonder why. Andyoull have to rewind to these moments that we grabbed the rope and refusedto let go.There are tangible reasons why the last 17 games aremeaningful to the Warriors, too.The more playing time you can get for rookie Klay Thompson,the better. Or, what about getting a gauge on whether or not Charles Jenkinshas a future as the backup point guard?Theres also likely going to be a need for an additionalcenter for the 2012-13 season, so why not get a gander at Jeremy Tyler, MickellGladness and Keith Benson?We know who Klay is, Jackson said. Ive said before, fromDay 1, he couldnt make a move without traveling on this level. He also was notgood at putting the ball on the floor and making a play. Hes come so far wherehes very good at catching and making plays.With him, its continuing to get better. The one thing youdont want is for a young fella to get satisfied and to take his foot off thegas pedal.The way Jackson looks at it, he wouldnt be doing his job ifhe demanded any less of his team now that its out of the playoffrace.Im still looking to win and play our brand of basketball,Jackson said. The mindset is still the same, the principles are still thesame. Were asking a heck of a lot from our team right now. You look at Charles Id be shortchanging him if I asked him to do anything different than I askof Steph or Nate (Robinson).And, of course, theres also the issue of Curry and hisproblematic right ankle. The Warriors announced earlier this week that Currywouldnt play for two more weeks, and there is sentiment for him to remainsidelined for the rest of the season.NEWS: Curry shut down for next two weeks
Jackson is not in that camp; if Curry is healthy, he shouldplay.Hes paid to play, Jackson said. I dont know anybodythats 100 percent that just shuts it down. If thats the case, I dont wanthim on my team. What does David Lee have to gain right now? Hes out thereplaying, doing everything Im asking him to do.Ive seen pros shutting it down when it looks like youreplaying for nothing. Its during these times you make a loud statement, notjust to your teammates but anyone else.

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.”