The Golden State Warriors will not be privileging their pursuit of another record over rest tonight in Memphis.
The Warriors need to win their remaining three games to break the 1995-96 Chicago Bulls' all-time record for wins (72), but will be resting starting center Andrew Bogut when the team faces the Memphis Grizzlies tonight.
No Andrew Bogut tonight vs Grizzlies says Kerr, he'll play tomorrow vs Spurs. Everyone else available for Warriors.— Rosalyn Gold-Onwude (@ROSGO21) April 9, 2016
Festus Ezeli will start in part to help his conditioning according to Steve Kerr.— Diamond Leung (@diamond83) April 9, 2016
Coach Steve Kerr has also set a minutes limit for tonight's game, clearly indicating that he will not be overworking his players in search of a record with the playoffs looming next weekend. Rusty Simmons of the S.F. Chronicle had more on Kerr's plans:
Kerr also discussed resting sixth man Andre Iguodala and backup point guard Shaun Livingston, but the 12th-year reserves said they wanted to stay in rhythm and play. Kerr said he won't play anyone more than 38 minutes, regardless of the score.
I think a minutes limit with most everyone healthy is a good way to manage the pursuit of the record with the need to get these players some rest for the playoffs.
Steph Curry said the players just nodded like students on the first day of class when Steve Kerr laid out his plan for weekend playing time.— Rusty Simmons (@Rusty_SFChron) April 9, 2016