SAN FRANCISCO — Golden State Warriors coach Steve Kerr stated he has by no means seen something fairly just like the harm scenario his workforce is coping with and famous that he has been calling the wholesome remaining gamers on the roster the “Elite Eight” as they proceed to play beneath hostile circumstances.

“We might have used Draymond Inexperienced and D’Angelo Russell for positive,” Kerr stated with a little bit of a chuckle after Tuesday’s movie session within the wake of a 100-97 loss to the Oklahoma Metropolis Thunder on Monday. “And Kevon Looney would have been very useful. Jacob Evans would have helped. You want our bodies within the NBA, particularly to get by way of the lengthy haul. And enjoying eight guys, so long as I have been doing this — 30, 31 years within the league — it looks as if perhaps a few times a 12 months you might have eight guys. Possibly due to loopy circumstances.

“So for us to be doing this virtually routinely now could be — I’ve by no means seen it. So it is a testomony to the group, the ‘Elite Eight,’ that I prefer to name them. The Elite Eight’s doing a helluva job hanging in there.”

Rookies Jordan Poole and Ky Bowman are two of simply three gamers who’ve appeared in all 18 video games for Golden State, together with Glenn Robinson III. Eric Paschall, Marquese Chriss and Omari Spellman have every appeared in 17, and Alec Burks and Willie Cauley-Stein have performed in 15 every.

The Warriors, who come into Wednesday’s sport towards the Chicago Bulls with a league-worst 3-15 report, proceed to take care of a litany of accidents.

Star guard Stephen Curry broke his hand Oct. 30 and is out for a minimum of three months. All-Star swingman Klay Thompson continues to rehab a left ACL harm, and his standing for the season stays unclear. Looney has been out since he performed 10 minutes in a season-opening loss to the LA Clippers due to a nerve situation. Veteran chief Inexperienced has missed 9 video games already due to a finger harm after which a heel harm.

Rookie Alen Smailagic has not performed all season due to an ankle harm. Evans has been out since Oct. 28 due to an adductor harm. Russell has been out since Nov. 15 after spraining his thumb and shall be sidelined a minimum of one other week.

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

Regardless of the setbacks, Kerr has tried to stay optimistic along with his younger workforce. Though it has been powerful to observe the accidents and losses pile up, he stays outwardly optimistic, even after the group blew a 10-point lead within the closing three minutes of regulation in Monday’s loss to the Thunder.

“I feel it is vital to maintain accentuating the positives,” Kerr stated. “We have gotten loads higher the previous couple of weeks. And [it’s] not simple enjoying with eight guys. The hassle was there, and the defensive consistency has improved dramatically. The offensive execution for probably the most half throughout the sport was purposeful. We took care of the ball. We moved the ball. Fourth quarter, when the strain got here, we did not execute, however that is type of the subsequent step for this younger group. So that is what we’re aiming to enhance upon as a bunch — the gamers but additionally the coaches. Now we have to do our half to place them in the very best place to succeed.

“So it is type of one step at a time, and having stated all that, I have been doing this for a very long time in a single capability or one other, and I see quite a lot of actually optimistic issues from this workforce. We’ll get some individuals again, we have been hampered by quite a lot of accidents, however we get [Russell] again, we get [Looney] again, we get [Green] again, what the younger guys have achieved, what they’ve helped to construct within the early a part of the season foundationally — we’ll begin profitable some video games. We simply received to maintain doing what we’re doing.”

What makes issues much more troublesome for the Warriors is that they do not have quite a lot of roster flexibility due to strikes that had been remodeled the summer time after star ahead Kevin Durant signed with the Brooklyn Nets in free company.

“We’re actually unable so as to add an additional man as a result of we’re hard-capped by the [Russell] sign-and-trade,” Kerr stated. “So proper now there’s really nothing we will do about it. … We need to preserve our flexibility as a result of bear in mind, one in all our eight guys, our place to begin guard, is on a two-way, and he is shortly utilizing up his days, and one in all our injured gamers is one other, so it would not make sense to burn by way of the ultimate few hundred thousand {dollars} we will spend with that.”

The excellent news for the Warriors is that Inexperienced took some photographs after Tuesday’s movie session and is questionable for Wednesday’s sport, and Looney is anticipated to return sooner or later throughout the Warriors’ upcoming five-game street journey after returning to observe Sunday. It has been a tough begin to the season for a company that has gone to 5 consecutive NBA Finals, however Kerr stays steadfast in his perception that higher days are forward.

“We did not remove Steph from the image till his harm, so we spent all of coaching camp doing quite a lot of the issues that we did final 12 months,” Kerr stated. “After which as soon as Steph received harm, we needed to revamp the whole lot. So we have been doing quite a lot of stuff on the fly, however over the past couple weeks, it feels just like the group has jelled. Hopefully that may begin displaying up extra when it comes to wins as a substitute of losses.”