The Golden State Warriors will play without Shaun Livingston again tonight when they face the Phoenix Suns at 7:30 p.m. PST.
As Connor Letourneau of the San Francisco Chronicle reported, Livingston’s consecutive games off are not a stunt indicating how meaningless the NBA regular season is for the Warriors but an effort to rest a player when he’s less than 100% to preserve him for the long-term.
“We’re going to try to give Shaun a rest where we can,” Golden State head coach Steve Kerr said Sunday. “When he’s banged up, we’re not going to play him. We need him for the long haul. So, nights like this, when he’s banged up, we’ll rest him.”
With that, it remains interesting to see how Warriors coach Steve Kerr will manage his rotation — that includes figuring out a role for rookie Jacob Evans.
Injury update: Shaun Livingston (left knee contusion) is out for tonight's game vs. Phoenix.— Warriors PR (@WarriorsPR) October 23, 2018
Thus far, Evans has yet to play his first NBA regular season minutes. Last week, Letourneau reported that Kerr could very well find minutes for Evans during the games against either the Utah Jazz or Denver Nuggets as the high altitude road trip could be a factor in his rotations. Those road games have now passed and Evans still has yet to see the court in a regular season game. But could tonight be the night with the Warriors playing the back end of a back-to-back game against a pretty weak opponent who Kerr had the players coach against last year?
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