Golden State Warriors point guard Stephen Curry doesn’t feel like he needs rest.
Today is Stephen Curry’s birthday. Wish him a happy one on Twitter (@StephenCurry30). He just turned 27.
That may be one reason Curry told reporters after Friday night’s rare loss to the Denver Nuggets that he doesn’t feel he needs to rest.
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Youthful bliss is a gift one should never hope to lose. And it’s something Curry exudes with an endearing smile and a game full of passion and crafty excellence.
His team, the Golden State Warriors, are 10 games up in the crowded Western Conference, having lost just 13 games to date. It makes sense that head coach Steve Kerr would like to get his stars some time on the bench, especially as they are in the middle of a six games in nine days stretch in their schedule.
Neither Curry nor backcourt mate Klay Thompson, aka the “Splash Brothers”, played in Friday night’s loss. Nor did veteran Andre Iguodala or Andrew Bogut.
According to Kerr, both were in favor of the move when he presented it to them after he’d made the decision following their win over the Detroit Pistons on Wednesday night.
But Curry seemed to think differently after the Warriors’ loss, “There’s games you might not feel as chipper as others, but when you’re out there playing, I don’t think I ever kind of feel fatigued to point where I’m like, ‘Dang, I need some rest.”
He added, “I didn’t feel any different in the last two weeks that I had before…I felt fine.”
But Kerr, being a former player, knows the value of resting through a long and often arduous NBA regular season schedule. He’s also probably trying to use some of the wise counsel offered by a franchise he spent time with as a player.
Kerr played for the Spurs near the end of his playing career, and he has maintained a friendship and respect for head coach Gregg Popovich.
Pops has drawn the ire of the NBA at times for resting stars Tim Duncan, Manu Ginobili and Tony Parker in the same game, some times essentially even waving the white flag on winning that particular game.
It is an approach the Spurs have adopted as sports science studies have shown the great impact it can have on player performance. Though Kerr may not be using the same studies, or have the same conviction, he knows the premise is wise.
Curry, Thompson and the Warriors are a fun team, and play with great intensity each night. It would be a shame to not see them playing at least into late May, if not June. Kerr believes resting his stars is the best route to making that happen.
And the birthday boy–one of the leading MVP candidates–may just have to acquiesce.
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