When Steve Kerr said he didn't care about the Warriors' preseason record, he wasn't kidding. The new coach was grossly exaggerating his lack of concern.
And now Kerr is coming clean.
"I don't care at all," Kerr said earlier this week with a lopsided grin.
"Honestly, I'm much more concerned with execution and seeing growth in our game as a team," he added. "But I told that to the guys the other day, and then we got to the fourth quarter and we all wanted to win. That's just the natural instinct."
Through the first two games of the preseason, that natural instinct has been satisfied. The Warriors are 2-0, going into Staples Center on Tuesday to beat the Clippers in the opener and then walloping the Lakers two days later.
The Warriors on Sunday night go for the L.A. sweep, once again facing the Lakers, this time at Citizens Business Bank Arena in Ontario. The game, which can be seen on NBA TV, tips off at 6:30.
Kerr indicated his goal was to look at as many players as possible, and he is doing just that. Every healthy member of the team has taken the court in at least one of the two games.
Backup guard Leandro Barbosa was held out of the Lakers game simply to provide more playing time for Nemanja Nedovic and to allow rookie Aaron Craft to get on the court.
"I'm good, totally fine," Barbosa told me. "Coach gave me the night off so he could let some of the other guys play."
LINEUPS/ROTATION: Kerr plans to use the regular starting lineup, as he did in the first two games, assuming Andre Iguodala (broken nose) straps on a mask and takes the court: Andrew Bogut at center, David Lee and Iguodala at forwards, Klay Thompson and Stephen Curry at guards.
INJURY LIST: Iguodala is listed as probable but is expected to play. C Festus Ezeli (right shin inflammation) and G Shaun Livingston (right big toe surgery) are listed as out and will remain so indefinitely.