Kerr on playing it cool with Curry, why Klay’s fractured thumb could be a ‘positive’

OAKLAND — Stephen Curry won’t see the court until the middle of next week. Klay Thompson will be out longer than that.

Before the Golden State Warriors hosted the Los Angeles Lakers on Wednesday night, head coach Steve Kerr detailed why the club is taking a cautious tact with Curry’s troublesome right ankle and why Thompson’s fractured right thumb could work out to the benefit of all involved.

“We’re trying to build up the strength as best we can around the ankle,” Kerr explained.

The team announced earlier in the day that Curry, who’s tweaked his ankle on four separate occasions, won’t be re-evaluated until March 20.

“And the training staff felt that an extra week or 10 days of intense rehabilitation will put him in a much better position to play through the rest of the year with less risk of spraining the ankle again,” Kerr said.

The Warriors, who have all but surrendered the race for the No. 1 seed — the club trails the frontrunning Houston Rockets by a pair of games entering the night — will also be sans Thompson for the foreseeable future.

As Kerr reasoned, the break should serve Thompson, a veritable iron man, well. The Splash Bro has missed 12 games since the Warriors picked him No. 11 overall in the 2011 draft. He’s played in 530 of a possible 542 games.

“The guy’s a machine,” Kerr said. “But even without the thumb, I thought we were considering giving him a game or two off here down the stretch because he just looked a little more spent recently.”

Thompson will be re-evaluated on March 22. That means Thompson will play in 11 games, at most, before the postseason arrives.

“And so, I look at this as a positive,” Kerr continued. “I think it’s going to be really productive in the long haul. It’s no fun to deal with but a couple weeks where he can get away from the game a little bit and heal and recharge the batteries and get rolling, it’s probably a good thing in the long run.”

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