The NBA unveiled its coaches of the month for December, and the Golden State Warriors and Toronto Raptors were recognized. Head coaches Steve Kerr and Dwane Casey won the awards for the Eastern and Western Conferences, respectively.
The Warriors currently have the best record in the NBA, despite dealing with Stephen Curry’s significant ankle sprain. Kerr plugged several unheralded players into the lineup, such as Patrick McCaw and Jordan Bell, and the team has not missed a beat.
Curry did not take much time integrating himself back into the lineup, as he buried the game-winning three-point jumper to sink the Dallas Mavericks on Wednesday night.
The Warriors went 13-2 in December.
Meanwhile, Casey has propelled the Raptors to one of the league’s best records. Toronto was a conference-best 11-3 in December, and DeMar DeRozan is playing the best basketball of his career.
Casey is leading a young squad, too. In addition to DeRozan and Kyle Lowry, youth reigns supreme. Six of Casey’s rotation players have less than three years’ experience.
According to the NBA, Fred Hoiberg, Tyronn Lue, and Mike D’Antoni also received consideration for the awards.
The Warriors return to action Thursday night in a nationally-televised game against the Houston Rockets. The Rockets, however, will be without James Harden. The Raptors will take the court Friday night against the Milwaukee Bucks.
Both the Raptors and Warriors will play potential playoff opponents, signaling some of the most exciting matchups of the weekend. Keep it here on AXS.com for more NBA news and tickets to select games.