The Golden State Warriors grabbed another win as the news and rumors pick up ahead of the big game on Tuesday.
Check out the latest buzz below.
Kerr Says Warriors Won’t Win 72
With the Warriors 16-game win streak, comparisons are being drawn to the 1996 Chicago Bulls team on which now-Warriors coach Steve Kerr played. The Bulls won 72 games that year.
When asked if the Warriors could pull it off, reported ESPN, Kerr responded, “Oh God, no. No!”
“We had this guy named Michael Jordan on that team. That year, I think we were 41-3. So if we can go 21-1 the next 22 games, come talk to me,” he added.
He also said Jordan singlehandedly won at least 10 of those games.
“What I remember that year is there were about 10 games where Michael just decided, ‘We’re going to win,'” he said.
“And every other team on Earth would have lost those 10 games. And Michael Jordan was … there’ll never be another one. Nobody has ever come close, and I don’t think anybody ever will. He wanted to break that Lakers record of 69 wins, so he decided we would do it, so we did it. There’s only one Michael.”
Thompson Praises Kerr
Some weren’t sure how Kerr would handle his first head coaching job, but players say he’s doing a great job.
“It made us all feel good that he was a former player who played in this league,” Klay Thompson told NOLA.
“He knows how it is to play 82 games, and on top of that the playoffs. He knows it’s a tough job. He’s done a great job so far. I’ve only played 40 minutes once. I’ve never felt so fresh in my career at this point.”
Kerr replaced Mark Jackson, another coach who had arrived straight from doing television broadcasts.
“It’s unique because you’d hear him talk a lot when you watched all the game, but it’s a whole different approach. It’s changed a lot. You go from fun and loquacious to trying to get on you and competitive nature. It’s pretty cool to see,” Thompson said.
“I had an open mind. I was expecting someone to come in who knew how to win just because of the victories he had had as a player and a GM. It’s really impressive. I had no expectations really, just to do whatever he says and try to play hard every night. I think all of felt that way, and felt we’d be successful because we’ve got such a talented group of guys.”
New Orleans Pelicans coach Monty Williams agreed Kerr has done a great job, but also credited the Warriors’ staff including assistant Alvin Gentry.
Lee, Bogut Out Tuesday
The Warriors will not get David Lee or Andrew Bogut back for the high-profile matchup with the Memphis Grizzlies on Tuesday.
Lee (hamstring) was questionable for the game, but has now been ruled out. Bogut is dealing with a knee injury, and has missed the last three games. He went through limited warmups on Sunday but still sat, and was slated to be re-evaluated on Monday.
Harrison Barnes, who suffered a broken nose on Sunday and also had two stitches in his mouth, is questionable.
But Kerr told Rusty Simmons of the San Francisco Chronicle that he’d be shocked if Barnes doesn’t play.
If Barnes does play, he’ll wear a protective mask.