OAKLAND -- Klay Thompson said the Warriors are appreciative of coach Steve Kerr leaving it in the players' hands as to whether they can play down the stretch or get rest before the playoffs.

The 66-7 Warriors with at least seven wins in the final nine games in the regular season can break the 1995-96 Chicago Bulls' single-season record of 72 wins.

"Our vets really appreciate it," Thompson said. "I think they've earned that right just with all the hard work and the way they act every day. They never take a day off, and for us young guys though, we pride ourselves on playing as much as possible. When we're older, that's something we'll think of. But for me and guys my age and younger, we just want to get out there and hoop as much as we can."

Thompson said he "probably" couldn't envision resting any games with the famed record on the line. He also happens to be on fire, winning the NBA's Western Conference player of the week honor after averaging 32.3 points and seven 3-pointers in the past four games.

"I try to play every game I can at this point in my career," said Thompson, who has made a career-best 253 3-pointers this season. "I'm young and spry, so there's no reason for me to sit out yet. It's the mental fatigue you've got to battle. It's not really the physical. I'll be fine with that. But it's just trying to keep focused and stay sharp mentally."

Kerr indicated he would not be resting healthy players for Tuesday's game against the Washington Wizards. With a win, the Warriors would tie their franchise record for wins in a season set last year.


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The Warriors then travel to Utah for the second game of the back-to-back as the road to 73 wins continues with consecutive games against teams fighting for playoff spots.

"Our team wants it," Kerr said of the record. "They've made it pretty clear, so what we're doing is listening to them and trusting them that if they're injured, they're going to let us know. And if that's the case, we'll give them a rest. And if they're not and they feel like they're perfectly capable of getting out there and playing and that's what they want to do, then that's what we'll do."

The Warriors are balancing the need to prepare for the playoffs, stay healthy and possibly break the record by listening to their players.

Kerr said it was impossible to guarantee players wouldn't get injured simply by resting them in selected games. He has been giving the players time off from practice, as the Warriors' light session Monday was their first in 11 days.

"More work now is based on film study than on the court just to save their legs," Kerr said.

  • Warriors players have combined to collect seven player of the week honors this season, with Stephen Curry having won five and Draymond Green earning the other.

    "It's pretty impressive," Kerr said. "Klay's been great. He's been in such a good groove lately, and I'm happy for him. He deserves it."

  • Brandon Rush is listed as questionable to play against the Wizards because of a bruised right knee that was banged Sunday against the Philadelphia 76ers. Kerr said Rush took part in some of practice and was expected to participate in shootaround Tuesday.

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