Of course, those numbers for Wiggins were without Thompson on the floor – and without, for all but one game together, Curry. That one game in March was the only one Curry played after breaking his hand four games into the season last November. Curry will be 32 when the Warriors lace ’em up again for real, and Kerr said it was time to start putting him on a version of the KG Plan going forward. “Now, (Curry’s) at the point where he’s been at the peak of his powers for the last couple of years,” Kerr said of his two-time league MVP. “If anything, it’s on us to try to begin to manage his minutes. We’ve always been really blessed. We’ve been able to do that because of the talent on our team. We’ve never really run Steph into the ground. We don’t have as much depth as we once did. It’s on us as a coaching staff to make sure we get him his rest every night, and we’re not wearing him out.”
Tim MacMahon: With Russell Westbrook resting, Austin Rivers will start for the Rockets. “Someone is gonna have to chase Ja Morant around, and I’m gonna let Austin do it,” Mike D’Antoni said. Eric Gordon will come off the bench.
Amid a renaissance start to the season for both the Los Angeles Lakers as a successful franchise and LeBron James as a dominant player, James says he has no plans to miss games due to load management in anticipation of a postseason run. “If I’m hurt, I don’t play. If not, I’m playing,” James told ESPN as he knocked on the wooden façade of his locker after the Lakers’ 95-80 win over the Miami Heat on Friday night. “That’s what has always been my motto.”
There has been internal discussion within the Lakers’ coaching and training staff about how to find time to rest James, sources told ESPN. But James, who turns 35 next month, is loath to accept it. “Talk to my coaches,” James said. “You know how many times me and T-Lue (Tyronn Lue) got into it in Cleveland when he wanted to sit me and I wanted to play. “I’m healthy, I play. I probably got a good 45 years to not play basketball.”
Ben Golliver: Lakers’ LeBron James on offseason work paying off w/ 7-1 start: “I shot Space Jam for three months all summer and my call times were at 6:30 in the morning. I was in the gym at 3:30, 4 in the morning before shooting 12, 13, 14 hours. I know how much I put into my craft.” pic.twitter.com/PIK9tCXcLz
Kyle Goon: Frank Vogel said he faces a tough decision in handling the workload of LeBron and AD, including issues of putting AD at the five. He acknowledged instinctually “you want to go to it all the time because it can be so lethal,” but he keeps the long view in mind.