Steve Kerr describes importance of Warriors’ game vs. Nuggets

Warriors coach Steve Kerr thinks his team’s game against the Nuggets on Tuesday is “big.”

Golden State enters the matchup at Oracle Arena with a one-game lead over Denver in the Western Conference standings. A win will give the Warriors the inside track for the top seed in the playoffs.

“Nothing is as big as a playoff game, but it’s a big game in terms of the No. 1 seed and protecting our home court,” Kerr told reports, via the San Francisco Chronicle. “We take care of our business and win tomorrow, we’re obviously in great shape down the stretch with the last 10 days of the season.”

The Warriors have topped the Nuggets in two of their three meetings so far in 2018-19. Golden State, which has six regular-season games remaining, has won five of their last seven overall heading into Tuesday.

“I think because we’re in the very final stage of the season, I think our guys are more focused,” Kerr said. “It’s not like this has been a long stretch where we’ve been dialed in. I sense there’s more of a sense of urgency now. I think we’ll come out (Tuesday) and play well.”

Golden State clinched its fifth straight Pacific Division title with its victory over the Hornets last weekend. That win was the team’s 317th over the last five seasons, which set an NBA record.

The Warriors matchup against the Nuggets will tipoff at 10:30 p.m. ET.