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Steve Kerr’s answer to reduce players missing games: 72-game season

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Stephen Curry and the defending champion Golden State Warriors make one trip to Cleveland this season, and that was Friday night. It was also the second night of a back-to-back for the Warriors (who had lost the night before in Boston) on the final night of a five-game road trip.

All of which prompted coach Steve Kerr to rest Curry, Klay Thompson, Draymond Green and the other stars Cavs fans had paid to see, only Jordan Poole played among the regular Warriors starters. While the shorthanded Warriors went on to get the win anyway, Kerr resting his stars sparked a conversation that has been bubbling up around the league in a season where many stars are missing time for rest and not just injuries.

“I feel terrible for fans who buy tickets expecting to see someone play and they don’t get to see that person play,” Kerr said, via the Associated Press. “It’s a brutal part of the business. It’s why I’m going to continue to advocate for 72-game seasons…

“You take 10 games off the schedule, it always feels like with 10 games left in the year everybody’s sort of had it anyways. That creates enough rest where we don’t have to have some of these crazy situations. I think you’d see way fewer games missed from players.”

Just days before, Stan Van Gundy had commented on the missed game trend on Twitter — and Kevin Durant was having fun with him.

The poster child for this may be the Los Angeles Clippers, a team with a football-sized training staff that still sees stars Kawhi Leonard and Paul George miss so much time the squad can’t get any kind of rhythm and move up the standings. Fans will harken back to players a couple of decades ago who played through these kinds of injuries, but Kerr said the team’s knowledge about their players’ health has changed since then.

“I know it’s a big topic around the league. We have so much more data. So much more awareness of players’ vulnerability, Kerr said. “It’s proven that if guys are banged up, back-to-backs, players are much more likely to get injured and miss more games and that’s why you’re seeing it…


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Publish date : 2023-01-21 16:56:47

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