Kerr offers updates on Curry and Durant, defends Fizdale and praises Barnes

OAKLAND — Steve Kerr didn’t deliver any props when he announced that Patrick McCaw and Omri Casspi would be starting in the place of Stephen Curry and Kevin Durant

OAKLAND — Steve Kerr didn’t deliver any props when he announced that Patrick McCaw and Omri Casspi would be starting in the place of Stephen Curry and Kevin Durant, respectively, but he didn’t provide updates on the pair of sidelined superstars.

Kerr said that Curry’s right hand swelled up after Saturday night’s win over the New Orleans Pelicans and that he expects the Baby-Faced Assassin back in the lineup on Wednesday.

“There’s not a huge level of concern long term,” Kerr said. “I think he’s already better today. He could have played, but [head performance therapist] Chelsea [Lane] told me if he he had been hit on the hand it could have gotten worse. So, we’re not going to take that chance.”

Ditto Durant, who remains out with a sprained left ankle.

“KD, it’s just been lingering a little bit. It’s not a huge level of concern, but we’ll just take it day by day.”

Backing Fizdale

Kerr was taken aback by the news that the Memphis Grizzlies had axed head coach David Fizdale.

“I was shocked, today, when I read the news,” Kerr said. “I think David Fizdale is one of the best coaches in the league.”

‘A big Matt fan’

The head coach is looking forward to having Matt Barnes back in the building, as the member of last season’s championship team claims his ring on Monday night.

“I’m a big Matt fan,” Kerr said of Barnes, who won his first title in his 14th season.

“I just, I love not only what he does on the floor, but just what a good teammate he is. So, I’m excited to see him get his ring tonight. I’m excited to see his boys. I know they’re going to be fired up. So, it will be a nice night.

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