LOS ANGELES – There is good reason to believe Warriors coach Steve Kerr when he says Tuesday's preseason opener against the Clippers is little more than a means by which he can better evaluate the first roster of his coaching career.
For one, Kerr has never seen his team play anybody except each other, and he has had only six days to study that. The Warriors opened camp last week.
"It's hard to be ready for a game in six days," he says. "But that's how the NBA works."
For two, Kerr has 19 players on his roster and wants to evaluate them all.
For three, Kerr is making it clear that exhibition games are less about winning than they are about studying the progress of his roster as the Warriors edge toward opening night Oct. 29 against the Kings in Sacramento.
"We're not even scouting the Clippers for (this game)," he says. "This is all about what we're doing. We're just looking at our execution and our defense. We've got a long way to go."
Says All-Star point guard Stephen Curry: "We're going to prepare like professionals, expecting to get into that game mentality, like you're going in for Game 1. But knowing that it is an exhibition game, things might be different.
"You prepare yourself mentally for what you would expect in a regular season game."
STARTING LINEUP: Barring last-minute changes, Kerr will utilize the same starting lineup the Warriors used, when healthy, under Mark Jackson last year: Andrew Bogut at center, David Lee and Andre Iguodala at the forwards, Klay Thompson and Stephen Curry at the guards.
"We want to play well," Curry says. "Winning is important; you want to set that standard. But we do that by focusing on the details of what we're doing on both ends of the floor and what we've worked on in camp so far."
Kerr says he plans to play "a lot of people," and doesn't anticipate anybody playing big minutes.
The Clippers' listed starting lineup: Center DeAndre Jordan, forwards Blake Griffin and Matt Barnes, guards J. J. Redick and Chris Paul.
INJURIES: Guard Shaun Livingston (right big toe surgery) is doing light individual drills but remains out and will not travel with the team. Center Festus Ezeli (right shin inflammation) is out.
The Clippers list no injuries.