It looms as the biggest game of the week: Golden State at San Antonio in a matchup of the NBA’s top two teams.
Forgive Steve Kerr if he doesn’t enjoy looking ahead.
His Warriors have to navigate what he calls a “bizarre” schedule just to get there, one that won’t leave them fresh for a matchup with the team trying to chase them down for home-court advantage throughout the playoffs.
Golden State beat New York on Sunday, then flew to Atlanta for a game against the Hawks on Monday that will end their five-game road trip. From there, they will fly back to the Bay Area — but not for long.
The Warriors host Boston on Wednesday, then go right back on the road for a back-to-back. They visit Minnesota on Friday before their showdown Saturday with the Spurs.
“Never seen anything like it, so it’s the toughest part of the schedule for us,” Kerr said, “but it is what it is and every team has their own point in the schedule that they circle and everybody is justified in complaining. It’s just the way it goes. You can’t do anything about it, so you complain about it a little bit, get it off your chest and then you go play the games and see what happens.”
The schedule allows the Warriors just one practice to work in Matt Barnes, who they signed after Kevin Durant was lost to a sprained left knee, before the game against the Spurs. San Antonio has closed within 2 ½ games of Golden State after winning seven in a row.