Steve Kerr lauds effort of ‘Elite Eight’ amid Warriors’ injury woes

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Golden State Warriors coach Steve Kerr said he has never seen anything quite like the injury situation his team is dealing with and noted that he has been calling the healthy remaining players on the roster the “Elite Eight” as they continue to play under adverse circumstances.

“We could have used Draymond Green and D’Angelo Russell, for sure,” Kerr said with a bit of a chuckle after Tuesday’s film session in the wake of a 100-97 loss to the Oklahoma City Thunder on Monday. “And Kevon Looney would have been very helpful. Jacob Evans would have helped. You need bodies in the NBA, especially to get through the long haul. And playing eight guys, as long as I’ve been doing this — 30, 31 years in the league — it seems like maybe once or twice a year you have eight guys. Maybe because of crazy nike nfl jerseys paypal

“So for us to be doing this almost routinely now is — I’ve never seen it. So it’s a testament to the group, the ‘Elite Eight,’ that I like to call them. The Elite Eight’s doing a helluva job hanging in there.”7

Rookies Jordan Poole and Ky Bowman are two of just three players who have appeared in all 18 games for Golden State, along with Glenn Robinson III. Eric Paschall, Marquese Chriss and Omari Spellman have each appeared in 17, and Alec Burks and Willie Cauley-Stein have played in 15 each.

Star guard Stephen Curry broke his hand Oct. 30 and is out for at least three months. All-Star swingman Klay Thompson continues to rehab a left ACL injury, and his status for the season remains unclear. Looney has been out because of a nerve condition since he played 10 minutes in a season-opening loss to the LA Clippers. Veteran leader Green has missed nine games already because of a finger injury and then a heel nike jerseys cheap china

Rookie Alen Smailagic has not played all season because of an ankle injury. Evans has been out since Oct. 28 because of an adductor injury. Russell has been out since Nov. 15 after spraining his thumb and will be sidelined at least another week.

Guard Damion Lee has been out since he suffered a non-displaced fracture in his right hand in a Nov. 11 loss to the Utah Jazz.

Despite the setbacks, Kerr has tried to remain positive with his young team. Although it has been tough to watch the injuries and losses pile up, he remains outwardly optimistic, even after the group blew a 10-point lead in the final three minutes of regulation in Monday’s loss to the Thunder.