Now with All-star weekend in New Orleans, Louisiana coming to a close, Steve Kerr, head coach of the Golden State Warriors, can strictly focus on preparing his team for the playoffs. This preparation includes making sure his players get all the necessary rest needed for the treacherous playoff run his team is about to endure. With just twenty-six games left in the 2016-2017 season, the Warriors have yet to wrap up both the Pacific Division title as well as securing the one-seed in the Western Conference and home-court advantage throughout the playoffs.Securing the one-seed and having home-court advantage throughout the playoffs is going to be critical for the Warriors if they plan to make their third straight NBA Finals appearance.
The Golden State Warriors hold a twelve game lead over the rival Los Angeles Clippers in the Pacific Division, and a four game lead over the Greg Popovich led San Antonio Spurs for the one seed in the Western Conference. With their lead only being four games over the San Antonio Spurs for the one-seed in the Western Conference, there really is not a lot of games where Steve Kerr can simply just give his players a night off. Out of the next twenty-six games, the Warriors will face teams with a record above .500 in twelve of those games. Those include two games against the second seed San Antonio Spurs and both are being played in San Antonio. The Warriors will also play a home and home with the Washington Wizards who currently own the third seed in the Eastern Conference and the Warriors will also play a home game against the Boston Celtics who currently own the second seed in the Eastern Conference.
The Golden State Warriors will also face the third seed Houston Rockets twice in a span of four days in late March. As many Warrior fans know, Steve Kerr is a championship coach as well as a championship player so there should be no doubt in the minds of Warriors’ fans that Steve Kerr will properly manage his team for this treacherous stretch run to the playoffs and lock up home-court advantage for the entire 2016-2017 playoffs. Catch the next Golden State Warriors game as they host the rival Los Angeles Clippers at Oracle Arena on February 23, 2017 at 7:30 p.m.(PT) on TNT!