PORTLAND, Ore. — The Warriors will rest three key players — center DeMarcus Cousins, point guard Shaun Livingston and forward Andre Iguodala — Wednesday night against the Trail Blazers.
Golden State head coach Steve Kerr announced earlier this week that Cousins and Livingston would sit on the rough end of the back-to-back set. Asked Wednesday why he was resting Iguodala, Kerr said, “rest/a little banged up.” Iguodala had been dealing with left hamstring tightness.
“You have a few games like this a year where you realize what you’re up against, just given the schedule,” Kerr said. “Every team goes through it. You almost look at it like, ‘Let’s take a free swing. Let’s take a shot, see what we’ve got.’ Play a lot of people, and rely on a lot of energy from the guys who ordinarily don’t play.
“Sometimes on nights like this, you end up playing really well from my experience in the league. So, we’ll see what happens.”
With three of his rotation players out against the Western Conference’s No. 4 team, Kerr plans to start Kevon Looney at center and give Jordan Bell meaningful playing time. Bell has logged DNPs in six of Golden State’s past nine games. Other players in line for more playing time include Alfonzo McKinnie, Quinn Cook and Jonas Jerebko.