Golden State Warriors head coach Steve Kerr has underlined that he won't sacrifice Stephen Curry's longevity to chase wins this season. On Monday, Curry played 36 minutes in a 105-100 loss to the San Antonio Spurs and scored 32 points, had seven rebounds and six assits.
"I'm into the long game," Kerr said during a videoconference with reporters following loss in San Antonio, per ESPN. "We're counting on having Steph here a long time, many years ahead. And I'm not interested in grinding through this season, which is already a difficult season given the COVID regulations, just the nature of the games themselves, these eerie, empty stadiums.
"For me, for our organization, we're not throwing Steph out there for 40 minutes to chase wins. We got another game [Tuesday]. We want Steph to be playing at a high level for many years, so we're going to stay very disciplined and try to keep him at that 34-, 35-minute mark."
Curry wants to play more but he understands
Curry, who will turn 33 in March, has entered the last stage of his career but he still playing at a high level. The Warriors want to have two-time Curry playing as long as possible.
"It's a topic that comes up a lot," Curry said. "Of course, I want to play as many minutes as possible. Of course, I want to keep subtly letting them know how I feel based on a night-to-night basis. We got to be in a position where we do things throughout 48 minutes that that plan of attack works more nights than not."
Curry tweaked his ankle in the first half against the Spurs but still went on to have a great performance. "I feel great," Curry said with a smile. "I feel great." Curry has been absolutely phenomenal so far this season but the Warriors sit at 12-12.
"I don't need to do anything," Kerr said. "Steph's a grown-up. He's an incredible teammate. He has full awareness of what we're doing right now and what this season is about, bringing along young players and trying to be a playoff team and make a push -- trying to do all that at once.
Steph's all-in, and he never gets down; that's part of his brilliance is just his overall attitude and approach and joy for the game. So Steph's not frustrated. He doesn't like to lose -- he's a big-time competitor -- but he'll hang in."