Oakland — On Thursday night when a reporter informed Kevin Durant that the Golden State Warriors had placed him on the injury report with a left pinkie contusion, the eight-time All-Star brushed aside the official designation.
“Who said that?” Durant asked with a smile.
“You could have done without that one.”
Two nights later, as the Dubs prepared to host the Brooklyn Nets at Oracle Arena, Durant’s hand was dinged up enough to keep him out of the lineup.
“It was still bothering him a little bit today, but the X-rays were fine, so it’s just lingering,” head coach Steve Kerr said during his pregame press conference.
With the Warriors set to depart on a five-game road jaunt on Sunday, Kerr opted to play it safe, giving the former MVP plenty of time to heal up.
“Kevin’s hand is still a little swollen and so it was not anything we were going to mess around with,” Kerr said. “We’ve got a long trip coming up, a lot of games. It made sense to give him the night off and we’ll have tomorrow off flying to Philadelphia. So, hopefully the next couple of days it will calm down and it will be fine. It’s kind of a day-to-day thing.”
The Warriors play five games between Feb. 27 and March 6, host the Boston Celtics on March 8 and then play a back-to-back on the road on March 10 and 11.
“We don’t have anything planned right now,” Kerr said when asked if he’s lined up any rest for his players. “But anything that pops up — like today with KD’s hand being sore — we’ll automatically give a guy a rest if he’s banged up. We’ll have to look at the schedule. We’ll probably look at it on the plane tomorrow and get a feel for what we might do.”
“But you can look at it yourself and see, we’ve got some tough travel and back-to-back stuff and as [PR boss] Raymond [Ridder] says, ‘We’ve got an eight-game road trip coming up with one of those games being at Oracle.’”
Weber’s status up in the air
With Briante Weber’s second 10-day contract ending at the conclusion of Saturday night’s game, the reserve point guard is caught in limbo.
Kerr and general manager Bob Myers will have to decide if they want to lock Weber in for the rest of the season or pursue a veteran guard on the buyout market.
“It’s just based on what we feel is our best option,” Kerr explained. “And he’s been good. We’ve really been impressed with him. We like him, but we’re going to keep all of our options open. I know we’ve got to make a decision — I think tomorrow. So, we’ll probably meet, Bob and I tonight and figure out what are options are and what we want to do, but Briante’s been really good and we’re happy with him.”Bob Myersbriante weberGolden State WarriorsKevin DurantNBApatrick mccawSteve Kerr