The son of Golden State Warriors coach Steve Kerr, Nick Kerr serves as an intern in San Antonio's video department. As a result, a handful of teams has scrambled to try to catch them, and another handful has decided instead to chase the future.
"We still have three All-Stars when Steph goes down", Kerr said after the game (ESPN). "We still have a lot of talent".
Once again, that talent pulled through for the Warriors.
The reigning Finals MVP posted 37 points, 11 rebounds and four blocks and nearly single-handedly led the Warriors' fourth-quarter rally past San Antonio.
The Spurs did make them work for it, though. Jason says that the Warriors should consider sitting Curry for the rest of the season to allow him to heal for the playoffs. The duo combined for 24 points in the first half, as the Spurs took a 50-46 advantage into intermission.
San Antonio, meanwhile, presided over yet another fourth-quarter meltdown; the sixth straight resulting in a loss. When the fourth quarter began, the Spurs held an 87-78 lead. With Curry on the bench, Golden State has been 8.8 points per 100 possessions worse than it is with him on the court.
What they need much, much more, is a healthy and confident Steph Curry. He missed 11 games after he badly sprained his right ankle lunging for a steal late in Golden State's December 4 win over New Orleans.
San Antonio's collapse overshadowed a 30-point performance from power forward LaMarcus Aldridge, who also contributed 17 rebounds and four assists. Five other players did score in double figures, but that group was led by Dejounte Murray with just 14 points.
UPDATE: The Warriors are wisely having Curry sit out at least the next two games (at Portland and at Minnesota). The Spurs face the Oklahoma City Thunder on Saturday. It appeared Curry didn't actually twist the ankle until after absorbing the foul, landing and taking a couple of steps toward the stanchion. Klay Thompson talked about feeling some soreness in his hip after the game.
Leonard's return could happen soon, as he continues to work his way back.