OAKLAND -- When Warriors coach Mark Jackson looked at the schedule before the season and saw five consecutive days without a game, he said he wasn't too pleased.
"You'd like to be playing your best basketball and establish a rhythm," Jackson explained Wednesday. "But it's crazy how things work out, and we're fortunate to have it. It comes in handy."
While currently a banged-up team, the Warriors look forward to some off time and practice days after home games Thursday against Milwaukee and Saturday against San Antonio. After facing the Spurs, the Warriors are off until hosting Memphis on Friday, March 28.
Andre Iguodala will miss at least the next two games because of right knee tendinitis before getting five more days to rest and recover.
Center Andrew Bogut is dealing with left ankle inflammation that sidelined him for Tuesday's win against Orlando, and big man Jermaine O'Neal didn't play either, because of Jackson's decision to rest him. Both are game-time decisions for Milwaukee, which has the worst record in the NBA but went to overtime against Portland in a loss Tuesday.
Stephen Curry also has been playing limited minutes because of a right quadriceps strain, and while Jackson is pleased with his progress, the star guard could use the five-day break, too.
"It'll be great for guys to rest, recover their bodies," Jackson said. "There are some guys that have got a lot of miles. There are some guys that have got knick and knack injuries, and it's important for us to make sure we use that time wisely."
Curry, Jackson, Klay Thompson and Steve Blake are the No. 1 seeds in the tournament that involves at least 16 players and coaches in a friendly competition for bragging rights.
"I'm still not totally convinced that I'm going to participate," Jackson said. "I talked about being retired, and that may still be the case."
The veteran guard Blake, who arrived last month in a trade, said he didn't think he had done anything like it on any of the other teams he had played.
"The chemistry is definitely special not just because of the players, but the relationship between the coach and players is really unique," Blake said. "So I'm glad to be a part of that. You don't find that everywhere."
Milwaukee (13-55) at Warriors (43-26), 7:30 p.m., CSNBA