The Warriors are still trying to get their first road win ofthe season and the next opportunity comes Sunday in Detroit. Theyre now 0-4away from Oracle Arena, and Saturdays 112-100 loss to Charlotte was the teamsmost disappointing defeat of the season. Coach Mark Jackson called the effortembarrassing. Let's see if the Warriors respond?Here are a few things to watch for against thePistons:Udoh vs. Monroe: The Warriors selectedEkpe Udoh with the No. 6 pick in the 2010 NBA draft. Greg Monroe went one spotlater at No. 7. So far, advantage goes to Monroe, who leads the Pistons inscoring and rebounding and is shooting 57.6 percent from the floor.Bounce-back for Ellis?: Conventionalwisdom is Monta Ellis is having a very good year, but hes shooting just 40 percentfrom the floor and 24.5 percent from 3-point range. Bottom line is Ellis needshelp and hes simply not getting enough.Robinsons play: Nate Robinson wasinstrumental in the Warriors victory over the Miami Heat last Tuesday. But thereality is that other than that game he hasnt helped on a consistent basis.With the Warriors struggling to score, Robinsons 38.9 field goal shootingpercentage hasnt been good enough game in and game out.
Kevin Durant has been making steady progress in his rehab.
And on Thursday, he took another step forward.
"Did a little bit more today. Went through some 5-on-0 stuff, some lateral movement," Steve Kerr told reporters after practice. "Seems like he makes a knew stride each day. It's a good sign, but the four-week mark is a week from now so that's really when we'll have our first real update."
Durant sprained the MCL in his left knee and sustained a tibial bone bruise on Feb. 28 in Washington.
The following day, the Warriors announced that he would be reevaluated in four weeks.
Kerr also said that Durant will travel on Golden State's road trip to Houston and San Antonio next week.
More to come...
More progress from Kevin Durant today: Went through 5-on-0 drills and did some lateral movement on that left knee pic.twitter.com/XvqU7fwDij— Anthony Slater (@anthonyVslater) March 23, 2017
KD post practice, wearing a small, game-like left knee brace under the tights pic.twitter.com/t1cOvE3muN— Anthony Slater (@anthonyVslater) March 23, 2017
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."
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."