One of the most consistent elements of the Golden State Warriors’ run with Steve Kerr as coach has been the minutes and rotation of Stephen Curry and the rest of the stars.
That’s changed some this season. And prior to Saturday’s win over the Sacramento Kings, Kerr addressed Curry’s change in minutes.
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“We’ve tried a lot of different things this year in the beginning of the second, beginning of the fourth. We’ve tried KD in that spot, we’ve tried Klay, now we’re trying Steph. This is the one that has looked the best. That has felt the best. It’s ironic. People are talking about Steph’s fourth quarter minutes. Well, now he plays 10 minutes in the fourth quarter. He used to play six minutes.”
Curry’s overall minutes are up. He’s averaging 34.9 minutes a game. If that holds, it’ll be his highest total since averaging 36.5 in 2013-14, the year before Kerr’s arrival.
Of course, this may not hold.
Kerr also noted that the season is still relatively young and that things could again change.
By and large, things have worked out OK. While the Warriors aren’t having quite the dominant season we’ve grown accustomed to, they are 26-14 — the second best record in the Western Conference. Curry, meanwhile, is averaging 29.4 points, 5.2 assists and 5.1 rebounds a game and is shooting 49.1 percent from the field, 45 percent on threes and 91 percent on free throws.