How to watch
Date: Wednesday April 5th, 2017
Time: 7:00 pm PST (not 7:30!?)
Location: Phoenix, AZ
TV: CSN Bay Area
Radio: 95.7 THE GAME
Warriors: Kevin Durant (out); Andre Iguodala (rest), Draymond Green (rest), Damian Jones (not with team -- D-League)
Suns: Tyson Chandler (tanking); Eric Bledsoe (tanking); Brandon Knight (tanking back spasms)
Blog Buddy: Bright Side of the Sun
GSoM preview: End of the road (games)
As reported before last night's game, the Golden State Warriors will be resting Draymond Green and Andre Iguodala for tonight's game against the Phoenix Suns.
"The training staff, when I met with them a few days ago, told me that Draymond could really use a night off," Kerr told media last night, according to GSoM's Andrew Flohr. "I talked to Draymond and he admits it too. He said it would probably be good, so that's what we are going to do.
While GSoM community member Tatiana Stark speculated in a FanPost that tonight's game would be the right time to rest a player by claiming they "missed the plane", Warriors coach Steve Kerr offered a simpler rationale.
"All the numbers that the training staff has access to. The cameras in the arena that can track the load and the distance. The other stuff that shows fatigue. Then our staff basically asks our players every day to rate themselves on how they are feeling on a scale that they use. It’s pretty obvious that Draymond is a little worn down right now so a night off makes sense."
So while the Warriors' health metrics show that resting Green (and Iguodala) will help them in the long run, what does that mean for their chances to win tonight?
numberFire initially projected the Warriors as having a 70.8% chance of winning tonight's game before the announcement about players missing games. Since that announcement, the Warriors' chances have dropped a whopping 0.5% to 70.3%.
So yeah, resting players sounds like a reasonable idea.
What are your thoughts about that? Let us know in the comments below.