Nuggets Journal: Sorry, Draymond. This season’s about survival, not sanctity.

Warriors coach Steve Kerr accepts what Draymond Green does not: in the NBA, sometimes life isn’t fair.

After Thursday’s Denver-Golden State game was postponed, Green vented to his 1.5 million Twitter followers about competitive disadvantages and scheduling makeups that would, in his opinion, inevitably hurt the Warriors.

Never mind that the next time the Nuggets see the Warriors, Golden State will likely have Green out of health and safety protocols as well as Klay Thompson back from his seasons-long absence. The Nuggets were exceedingly thin Thursday, and the NBA cut them some slack, Green surmised.

But that glosses over the NBA rule mandating there be at least eight healthy players available.

To get to that number, one of Aaron Gordon, Monte Morris, Austin Rivers or Vlatko Cancar would’ve needed to play despite being listed as questionable on the injury report. All the injuries were legitimate, league sources said, and even if one or two of those players could’ve played some portion Thursday night, imagine the workload that would’ve been left to starters like Nikola Jokic and Will Barton.

Ultimately, a practical decision was made to postpone the game, whether Green liked it or not.

“No, I wasn’t upset,” Warriors coach Steve Kerr said after his team held practice in lieu of the postponed game. “I understand our players’ frustration. This is a really difficult situation for the league to navigate. Nothing is fair about it, for anybody. Some teams are on the short end of it, like we were the other night. We’re just trying to survive. The league’s just trying to keep things rolling as we get through this variant of COVID. And hopefully, within a few weeks we get through it, we can get back to semi-normalcy where we were at the beginning of the year.”

On Dec. 19 the Nuggets were on the short end of it themselves when Denver took a useless trip to Brooklyn for a game that never got played because of the Nets’ outbreak. If it does get played, it will mark Denver’s third trip to New York this season.

Such are the conditions and caveats when trying to play through a pandemic.

The NBA has made its agenda clear. Regardless of schedule disadvantages or depleted, G-League filled rosters, it’s going to forge on. Whether it’s the right thing to do or not, Commissioner Adam Silver has said that we, as a society, must learn to co-exist with COVID. Translation: the games aren’t going anywhere.

The league made a significant — and telling — decision when it decided to ramp up its testing protocol after the holidays but not before its marquee Christmas slate. Full-fledged testing prior to Christmas Day would’ve ensured any asymptomatic cases would’ve been found. But that’s not what happened.

As Kerr said, this is about survival. Complaining about fair or unfair, as Green did, is trivial and useless. In a season as chaotic as this one, there will be more instances where the Warriors (and 29 other teams) will be slighted on any given night.

The NBA is determined to play its season out, even as positive cases among players and coaches continue to surge.

“I’m sure (Commissioner) Adam Silver would tell you, ‘This is not about fair and unfair,’ Kerr said. “This is just about making sure we keep the league going and continue through to get to the other side.’”

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