OAKLAND — Steve Kerr strongly supports the idea that with the best record in the NBA, the Warriors should see both Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson make the All-Star team.

“I don”t know how a team with our record could only have one All-Star in the game,” Kerr said. “That would seem criminal.”

But even if Thompson is passed over for a reserve spot for the Feb. 15 All-Star game at Madison Square Garden, Curry probably won”t be going to New York alone. Kerr and his staff will be coaching the Western Conference All-Stars if the Warriors win at least two of their next six games and finish atop the West by the start of next month.

Kerr, who would become the first Warriors coach since Don Nelson in 1992 to participate in the All-Star game, said he hasn”t given it too much thought. Kerr”s 33-6 team hosts Houston on Wednesday and looks to set a franchise record with a 17th straight win at home.

“It”s more just keep getting better to me, keep improving, keep taking another step forward,” Kerr said. “And if we do that, there”s a lot of good stuff to come.”

The Warriors” celebrated coaching staff has helped put together the highest-scoring offense in the league and a defense that ranks first in efficiency. Kerr surrounded himself with assistants with head coaching experience and empowered player development coaches to take on scouting assignments.

“They do a great job of preparing us,” center Andrew Bogut said. “Ron Adams and Alvin Gentry and those guys, they do a really good job for us with our scouting reports and their preparation.”

Bogut noted that the biggest thing he noticed with Kerr”s staff members was that they had “no agendas” and didn”t play favorites.

“It happens on a lot of teams, just to try to align themselves with certain guys in case there”s coaching changes or whatever, and that happens I”d say in 80 percent of NBA teams,” Bogut said. “I don”t see that on this team with this coaching staff. They”re comfortable in their own skin. I think that starts from Steve Kerr because he”s told these guys, ”Do your job. I don”t expect you guys to get involved in politics.” “

Kerr served as a co-coach with Adams as a part of All-Star Weekend at the 2012 Rising Stars Challenge featuring the NBA”s top rookies and sophomores. Their team gave up 146 points. Kerr recalled showing Adams a stat sheet at the start of the fourth quarter that showed their opponents were shooting 82 percent.

“Ron has never been so disgusted in all his life than coaching in the rookie-sophomore game,” Kerr mused. “Fortunately, he”s turned out to be a little better defensive coordinator for us than he was for that team.”

Curry and Thompson, who have grown as defenders playing for Adams, ranked first and sixth among Western Conference guards in All-Star balloting as of Jan. 8. While Curry was second in votes only to Cleveland”s LeBron James and is expected to be announced Thursday as a starter, Thompson could be voted in by Western Conference coaches the following week as a reserve. Coaches — even Kerr, even if he”s the All-Star head coach — can”t vote for their players.

“I try to pride myself on playing both ways,” Thompson said. “The greatest at my position did it, so I look up to them. And it would be a great feat, but it”s not my main goal. My main thing is winning a championship.”

Said Kerr: “Klay deserves it. To me, the thing with the All-Star game that I”ve always felt long before I came to Golden State is the best teams deserve the benefit of the doubt. Players who put up stats are really good. Players who put up stats and help their team win a ton of games are All-Stars, and that should absolutely put Klay in the game.”

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The coaches for the NBA All-Star game are determined by the teams with the best record in each conference on Feb. 1 (two weeks before the game in New York). The Warriors have a 3-game lead over Portland for the best record in the Western Conference. Before Feb. 1, the Warriors have six games remaining and Portland has seven. If the Trail Blazers were to win all seven, they would be 38-11 for a .776 winning percentage. If the Warriors win two games, they would be 35-10 for a .778 winning percentage. Here are the remaining games for both teams leading up to Feb. 1.

Wed.vs. Houston
Fri. vs. Sacramento
Sun.vs. Boston
Tues.vs. Chicago
Jan. 30at Utah
Jan. 31 vs. Phoenix
Trail Blazers Phoenix
Thu.vs. Boston
Sat.vs. Washington Brooklyn
Jan. 28at Cleveland
Jan. 30at Atlanta
Jan. 31at Milwaukee

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