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  1. Warriors’ Mike Brown ‘eventually’ wants to be head coach again — May 26, 2017
  2. Warriors take issue with complaints about NBA’s lack of parity — May 26, 2017
  3. Warriors’ Matt Barnes has 1 or 2 seasons ‘left in the tank’ — May 26, 2017
  4. Matt Barnes’ return to Warriors sparks memories of his mother — May 26, 2017
  5. Warriors to face Cavaliers in third straight NBA Finals — May 26, 2017

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May 26

Warriors’ Mike Brown ‘eventually’ wants to be head coach again

Warriors’ Mike Brown ‘eventually’ wants to be head coach again

Kerr’s lead assistant, Mike Brown appeared done as an NBA head coach.

[…] as he prepares to shepherd the Warriors into the NBA finals, Brown is back on front offices’ radars.

A detail-oriented workaholic, Brown, 47, has thrived as the Warriors’ acting head coach.

The only time the Warriors have been seriously threatened under Brown came in Game 1 of the Western Conference finals, when they dug a 25-point, first-half hole before an injury to Kawhi Leonard eventually paved their comeback.

Multiple times a day, Brown consults with Kerr about everything from game plans to practice schedules to scouting reports.

“We’ve had a good run so far, but it’s not over,” said Brown, who is readying to face a Cleveland franchise he once led to the 2007 NBA Finals.

Asked if he would turn down potential head-coaching opportunities to remain an assistant with Golden State, Brown had a one-word answer: “Yes.”

The former second-round pick from UCLA has played for nine teams and never signed a contract that lasted more than two years.

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May 26

Warriors take issue with complaints about NBA’s lack of parity

Warriors take issue with complaints about NBA’s lack of parity […] as they prepare for their third straight NBA finals against Cleveland, Golden State players are taking issue with the notion that their dominance has made the playoffs less appealing for viewers. To set up the first NBA finals trilogy, the Warriors and Cavaliers steamrolled through the first three rounds. While the Warriors lead playoff teams with an average margin of victory of 16.3 points, the Cavaliers are second at 13.6. A rash of blowouts has fueled NBA fans’ calls for more parity. […] Stephen Curry doesn’t want fans to mistake lopsided wins for a clear route to the finals. Some upset fans have scapegoated Kevin Durant, who left Oklahoma City last July to sign with Golden State, for the NBA’s lack of parity. Instead of dismissing games as boring, Green reckons that NBA fans should embrace another Warriors-Cavaliers Finals.

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May 26

Warriors’ Matt Barnes has 1 or 2 seasons ‘left in the tank’

A former second-round pick from UCLA, he has played for nine teams and never signed a contract that lasted more than two years.

[…] as he prepares to end his 14th season with his first career NBA finals appearance, Barnes faces a unique opportunity…

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May 26

Matt Barnes’ return to Warriors sparks memories of his mother

Late Monday night, in the visitors’ locker room at AT&T Center, Matt Barnes’ iPhone lit up with a text from former Warriors teammate Stephen Jackson: Congrats, man! …

In that moment Monday, after seeing Barnes help Golden State cap its four-game sweep of the Spurs in the Western Conference finals, Jackson recognized that this was about more than Barnes reaching his first NBA Finals.

[…] as he tries to find a rhythm after missing four weeks with a sprained right ankle, he has no qualms about his sporadic playing time.

Oakland is where he established himself as an NBA player, made some of his most lasting friendships and carved out a place in postseason lore.

In the summer of 2006, after an underwhelming stint with Philadelphia left him with no more offers from NBA teams, Barnes — a former All-America wide receiver at Del Campo High School in Sacramento County — considered trying out for the NFL.

[…] his old UCLA teammate, Baron Davis, invited him to a pickup game at Golden State’s practice facility.

Warriors head coach Don Nelson was impressed enough to invite Barnes to training camp.

A former elementary schoolteacher who worked with special-needs students, Ann made the 90-minute drive from her Sacramento-area home to Oracle Arena to watch Matt help Golden State stun Dallas in the first round of the playoffs in 2007.

In ending the franchise’s playoff-series-win drought at 16 years, the Warriors became the first No. 8 seed to beat a No. 1 seed in a seven-game series.

Desperate for a proven small forward after Kevin Durant hyperextended his left knee in a Feb. 28 loss to the Wizards, the Warriors decided Barnes was worth the risk.

Though Barnes has topped the 10-minute mark only twice since returning from his ankle injury in Game 1 of the Western Conference semifinals, he has kept the focus on encouraging teammates and, above all else, staying ready.

When Barnes watches his 8-year-old sons, Isaiah and Carter, hoist shots at the Warriors’ practice facility, he is reminded of the mom who loved being around the team just as much as they do.

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May 26

Warriors to face Cavaliers in third straight NBA Finals

Warriors to face Cavaliers in third straight NBA Finals

Before they opened the playoffs 12-0, before they won 67 regular-season games, before they signed Kevin Durant, the Warriors eyed a singular goal: redeem their loss to Cleveland in the 2016 NBA Finals.

[…] after the Cavaliers routed Boston 135-102 in Game 5 of the Eastern Conference finals Thursday night, Golden State has that opportunity.

In what is their third straight year facing Cleveland on the sport’s grandest stage, the Warriors will host LeBron James and the Cavaliers in Game 1 of the NBA Finals next Thursday at Oracle Arena.

After the first three rounds of the playoffs were filled with blowouts, a Golden State-Cleveland rematch boasts all the makings of a prime-time matchup: dominant playoff showings, numerous All-Stars and, of course, a compelling narrative.

In 2015, the Warriors beat an injury-depleted Cleveland team in six games for their first NBA title in 40 seasons.

Last year, after winning an NBA-record 73 regular-season games, Golden State became the first team to squander a 3-1 Finals lead.

The only defeat in that span? A 105-99 loss to Utah on April 10, which held minimal significance to the Warriors because they already had secured home-court advantage throughout the playoffs.

To become the first team in NBA history to start a postseason 12-0, Golden State has won by an average of 16.3 points per game.

The Warriors lead all playoff teams in points per game (118.3), assists per game (27.8) and defensive rating (99.1).

Since Kerr stepped away from the bench before Game 3 of the first round, acting head coach Mike Brown has led Golden State to 10 wins.

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May 25

Q&A: Bob Myers discusses Steve Kerr’s continued absence from bench

Bob Myers discusses Steve Kerr’s continued absence from bench

The Warriors didn’t greet their sweep of San Antonio in the Western Conference finals with champagne showers or locker-room dancing.

The subdued celebration was the product of their championship-or-bust expectations, sure.

[…] it was also the result of Steve Kerr’s continued absence from the bench.

“Somebody asked me if going to the Finals three times in a row is muted because of what’s going on,” general manager Bob Myers said.

[…] our head coach can’t coach.

For the first time since May 7, Myers met with reporters Thursday.

Nothing has changed, and the team still doesn’t know when Kerr will return to the sideline.

[…] Myers offered some insight into how the team is handling Kerr’s indefinite hiatus.

Here is an edited transcript of the 12-minute media availability:

On whether Kerr will coach in the Finals:

If he feels better and we have to make those decision, we will.

[…] he’s a person and he’s not feeling well and that’s what makes it hard.

More than how it reflects our team is how he’s feeling that makes it difficult to sit here and say that the man that’s hugely responsible for us being in the Finals three years in a row, in a moment he should be treasuring, can’t do it.

s May 5 procedure at Duke alleviated any of his symptoms:

Even though Mike has won all these games, there’s no right or wrong way to handle this other than looking in his eyes: ‘How you feeling?

How do you feel about doing it?’ We talk amongst ourselves.

[…] you guys are around him, you see the ups and downs.

Pulling a player aside.

On how he has seen the players respond to Kerr:

Some of these guys he’s been their only coach, some of them won a championship with him, lost a championship with him.

Contrary to popular belief, we get to know each other more than basketball.

[…] I’m sure they wish this never happened.

Very proud of our coaching staff, our players.

A lot of times, the leader, they want the power, they don’t want to delegate it, they don’t want to encourage people to elevate themselves.

Whether it’s our players or our coaches, he says: ‘It’s your championship, it’s your pursuit.’

Some people in life, you know when they’re in the room and when they’re not.

Some people in life, you don’t even know if they’re there or not.

People have said, ‘Steve, should you step away?

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May 25

Mike Brown calls Tyronn Lue’s harder-to-defend comment ‘cute’

Asked after practice Thursday about Cavaliers head coach Tyronn Lue’s comment that Boston is “harder to defend” than the Warriors, Golden State acting head coach Mike Brown said: That’s his opinion. Social media was soon abuzz over the sound bite, adding even more intrigue to a potential third straight Cleveland-Golden State matchup in the NBA Finals. After the Cavaliers’ Game 4 win Tuesday over the Celtics, Lue told reporters that the “stuff (Boston is) running, it’s harder to defend than Golden State’s (offense) for me, as far as the actions and all the running around and all the guys who are making all the plays, so it’s a totally different thing.”

Permanent link to this article: http://www.sfgate.com/warriors/article/Mike-Brown-calls-Tyronn-Lue-s-harder-to-defend-11174273.php

May 25

Warriors’ Myers: No change in Kerr’s status

Could head coach Steve Kerr return to the bench?

After Golden State’s practice Thursday, general manager Bob Myers reiterated that Kerr is not yet ready to coach in games.

The Warriors won’t play again until June 1, when they host Game 1 of the NBA Finals for the third consecutive year.

Since Kerr went on an indefinite hiatus from the bench before Game 3 of the first round, acting head coach Mike Brown has led the Warriors to 10 straight wins to make them the first team in NBA history to open a postseason 12-0.

Kerr, who underwent a spinal cord leak procedure on his back May 5 at Duke University, was well enough to travel with the team to San Antonio for Games 3 and 4 of the Western Conference finals.

Even before that, he was making an imprint on games by sitting in on meetings, voicing his thoughts to Brown daily and attending practices in Oakland.

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May 25

Warriors’ JaVale McGee sued by former landlord

After absent-minded follies and a nagging leg injury nearly forced him out of the NBA, the 7-footer has settled in as an instant-energy reserve this season for the Warriors. According to court documents obtained by Deadspin.com, the lawsuit, dated Nov. 1, 2016, claimed that McGee owed money in late rent fees, didn’t pay rent for the last half of September 2016, housed a cat for 178 days — a violation of the lease agreement — and caused damage that kept the landlord, Matthew T. Johnson, from renting out the Highland Park, Texas, apartment for two months. McGee has reportedly agreed to pay Johnson $26,000, a sum that covers late and unpaid rent, $9,350 for violating the no-pet agreement, $12,000 in repairs and $10,000 for Johnson’s legal fees.

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May 25

Warriors’ Travis Schlenk named Hawks’ GM

The Hawks have officially hired former Warriors assistant general manager Travis Schlenk as their general manager, Atlanta announced Thursday morning.

“After meeting with Travis, our search committee and I knew that he was the right choice to become the new general manager and head of basketball operations for the Atlanta Hawks,” Hawks principal owner Tony Ressler said in a news release.

In addition to his significant experience with two organizations that have built championship cultures, he is ready to lead our basketball operations at a critical time for making big decisions as we prepare for the 2017-2018 season and beyond.

Before being promoted to his current position, Schlenk served two seasons as the Warriors’ director of player personnel.

After the Hawks fell to Washington in six games in the first round of the playoffs, they removed head coach/team president Mike Budenholzer’s front-office responsibilities and moved general manager Wes Wilcox to a role as special adviser to ownership.

In addition to Schlenk, Atlanta reportedly had shown interest in Houston vice president of basketball operations Gersson Rosas, New York director of player personnel Mark Hughes, Washington vice president of basketball operations Tommy Sheppard and ESPN analyst Chauncey Billups, among others, as it looked for a new lead voice for basketball operations.

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May 24

Warriors’ Travis Schlenk likely to become Hawks’ GM

The Atlanta Hawks are working on a contract to hire Warriors assistant general manager Travis Schlenk as their next general manager, The Chronicle has confirmed.

Schlenk has been Golden State’s assistant GM for the past five seasons, helping general manager Bob Myers build teams in that span that won the 2015 NBA title and reached three straight NBA Finals.

After the Hawks fell to Washington in six games in the first round of the playoffs, they removed head coach/team president Mike Budenholzer’s front-office responsibilities and moved general manager Wes Wilcox to a role as special adviser to ownership.

In addition to Schlenk, Atlanta reportedly had shown interest in Houston vice president of basketball operations Gersson Rosas, New York director of player personnel Mark Hughes, Washington vice president of basketball operations Tommy Sheppard and ESPN analyst Chauncey Billups, among others, as it looked for a new lead voice for basketball operations.

Permanent link to this article: http://www.sfgate.com/warriors/article/Warriors-Travis-Schlenk-likely-to-become-11170383.php

May 24

Warriors’ to-do list before NBA Finals begin in eight days

The Warriors secured more than a berth in their third straight NBA Finals when they finished off their sweep of San Antonio on Monday.

The Warriors’ nine-day break between games is tied for the third longest in postseason history, matching the 2001 Lakers’ layoff before facing Philadelphia in the NBA Finals.

Though he was well enough to travel with the team to San Antonio for Games 3 and 4 of the Western Conference finals, Kerr is still dealing with chronic head and neck pain.

[…] it appears unlikely that he’ll coach in the Finals.

Center Zaza Pachulia, who missed Games 3 and 4 against the Spurs with a right heel contusion, is the Warriors’ only rotation player on their injury report.

The team won’t return to practice until Thursday, and with the most important games of the year coming up, the Warriors are golfing, hanging out with family, reading the newspaper — anything to take their minds off basketball.

The player who hit more three-pointers in his first six years in the league than anyone else in NBA history has missed 42 of his 66 attempts behind the arc this postseason.

Barring a Cleveland collapse — the Cavaliers lead the shorthanded Celtics 3-1 — the Warriors will face the Cavaliers in the Finals for the third consecutive year.

LeBron James, who entered Tuesday averaging 32.2 points, 8.3 rebounds, 7.0 assists, 2.2 steals and 1.5 blocks this postseason, is playing at an MVP-caliber level.

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May 23

Warriors make history, sweep Spurs to reach 3rd straight Finals

Warriors make history, sweep Spurs to reach 3rd straight Finals

SAN ANTONIO — Early in the second quarter Monday night, as the AT&T Center big screen showed the Warriors’ Draymond Green crumpling to the floor, a capacity crowd rained down a chorus of boos.

After looking to pass on the left wing, Green had treated a slight bump to the face from Jonathon Simmons’ left elbow like a knockout blow.

The textbook flop, dramatic even by Green’s standards, was convincing enough to draw the foul call.

In capping its Western Conference finals sweep of the Spurs with a 129-115 victory, Golden State amplified an important question:

The Warriors are the first team in NBA history to start a postseason 12-0.

Though admittedly depleted, a San Antonio club that won 61 regular-season games threatened Golden State only in Game 1 — a matchup in which the Spurs squandered a 23-point, third-quarter lead.

[…] the Warriors have nine days before their third straight NBA Finals appearance to iron out their few nagging miscues before facing either Cleveland or Boston; the Cavaliers lead the East finals 2-1.

“In this league, this stuff is hard to come by,” Warriors forward Kevin Durant said of the record postseason start.

The Spurs, without Kawhi Leonard (sprained left ankle), Tony Parker (ruptured left quadriceps tendon) and David Lee (left knee injury), were overwhelmed on both sides of the floor.

Durant, fresh off a 33-point, 10-rebound gem in Game 3, needed only 13 shots to score 29 points to go with his 12 rebounds and four assists.

Stephen Curry again conjured memories of his unanimous MVP season, repeatedly racing past befuddled defenders and scoring a game-high 36.

Along with perhaps the most blatant flop of his career, Green came close to a triple-double (16 points, eight rebounds, eight assists).

The Warriors shot 55.8 percent from the field; the Spurs were at 42.3.

San Antonio surrendered a 13-0, first-quarter run to Golden State and dug a 22-point hole early in the third.

With less than two minutes left and the Spurs down 124-108, San Antonio guard Manu Ginobili walked to the bench to loud and sustained chants from fans showing appreciation for his 15 seasons and four championships in a San Antonio uniform.

The tributes bookending his evening were a fitting way to honor the 39-year-old shooting guard in what might have been his final game.

[…] as the Spurs celebrate Ginobili and reflect on another quality season, the Warriors stare down a bigger task: exorcising the memory of June’s Finals loss to Cleveland after leading 3-1.

The Cavaliers, who started the playoffs 10-0 before Sunday’s Game 3 loss to the Celtics, could challenge Golden State in a way it has rarely faced this postseason.

“We feel like the score is kind of misleading, because we feel like we can play better,”Warriors acting head coach Mike Brown said.

Twenty minutes after the final buzzer, the visitors’ locker room was relatively subdued.

T-shirts and hats commemorating the Western Conference title offered the only visible indicators of what had just unfolded.

While Andre Iguodala and Zaza Pachulia munched on tacos, Curry and Durant thumbed through their iPhones while soaking their feet in buckets of ice.

Connor Letourneau is a San Francisco Chronicle staff writer.

The Warriors’ first-quarter stats in their three series-clinching Game 4 wins, all on the road:

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May 23

Warriors’ Kevin Durant clarifies ‘don’t watch it’ comment

The suggestion, made after the Warriors’ Game 3 win Saturday over the Spurs, referenced the litany of blowouts in these NBA playoffs.

Many seized on the sound bite, criticizing Durant for encouraging fans to turn off games if they’re not happy with the on-court product.

The franchise has been so dominant in the postseason that some fans, preferring nail-biters over routs, have argued that Golden State’s success is hurting the league’s entertainment value.

“I know KD, and I don’t think he meant anything malicious by saying that,” Golden State acting head coach Mike Brown said.

[…] he loves the game of basketball, just like we all do, and the fans have been terrific — not only to us, but the NBA in general.

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May 23

Warriors’ Zaza Pachulia ruled out of Game 4

SAN ANTONIO — Warriors center Zaza Pachulia has been ruled out of Game 4 of the Western Conference finals Monday night against the Spurs.

Pachulia didn’t return after leaving Game 2 in the first quarter with a bruised right heel.

[…] Pachulia will fly back with the team to the Bay Area having not played in Games 3 and 4 in San Antonio.

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May 22

Draymond Green moves to trademark ‘Dray Day’

The filing requests to use “Dray Day” on everything from cell-phone chargers to backpacks to fitness equipment to podcasts. Green started a “Dray Day” podcast this season with Bay Area News Group columnist Marcus Thompson II, which is run through Uninterrupted — a network that Green has an ownership stake in with LeBron James. Raiders running back Marshawn Lynch, for example, owns three trademarks: “Beastmode,” “I’m just here so I don’t get fined,” and “Bout that action.”

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May 22

Warriors’ Kevin Durant doesn’t ‘plan on going anywhere else’

SAN ANTONIO — In case there was any doubt about Kevin Durant’s future with the Warriors, the eight-time All-Star squelched it by reiterating to ESPN’s site the Undefeated that he plans to play for Golden State next season.

Durant signed a two-year, $54.3 million deal with the Warriors in July with a player option after the first season.

Because the NBA salary cap jumps significantly next season, he put himself in position to earn more money long-term by inking a short-term contract.

Two weeks after Durant’s former Thunder teammate, Kendrick Perkins, said he “wouldn’t be surprised if (Durant) goes back to Oklahoma City,” Durant left little room for misinterpretation.

“I made the 100 percent correct decision, win or lose,” Durant said of signing with the Warriors.

Connor Letourneau is a San Francisco Chronicle staff writer.

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May 22

Game 4 preview: Can Warriors complete sweep of Spurs?

Can Warriors complete sweep of Spurs? Game 4, Western Conference finals Mike Brown (interim), 1st season with Warriors (0-0 with Warriors and 347-216 overall); Gregg Popovich, 21st season with Spurs (1,150-506 with Spurs and overall) Spurs: PG Patt…

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May 22

Andre Iguodala cleared for Game 4; Zaza Pachulia questionable

SAN ANTONIO — After initially being listed as probable on the Warriors’ injury report, forward Andre Iguodala will be available in Game 4 of the Western Conference finals Monday night against the Spurs.

Zaza Pachulia, who missed Game 3 with a right heel contusion, is still questionable.

Pachulia finished the game with four points, two assists and a rebound in seven minutes, and he had an MRI on Wednesday that came back clean.

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May 22

Warriors’ Stephen Curry enjoying ‘phenomenal’ postseason

Warriors’ Stephen Curry enjoying ‘phenomenal’ postseason

SAN ANTONIO — Early in the second quarter Saturday night, after getting whistled for his third foul, Stephen Curry glanced toward the Warriors’ bench.

All acting head coach Mike Brown needed to see in that moment was a slight nod from the two-time reigning NBA MVP.

At risk of potentially losing Curry for crunch time, Brown kept him on the floor.

“It’s just a matter of knowing I can trust a guy like that,” Brown said after practice Sunday.

Golden State trailed the Spurs 41-37 when Curry picked up that third foul.

Though careful not to draw another whistle, he soon used his signature mix of deep three-pointers, dizzying dribbling and pinpoint passes to fuel a 24-8 run that gave the Warriors a 61-49 lead with less than two minutes left in the half.

After hearing throughout the regular season about his inability to replicate the best shooting season ever, Curry has hushed his critics with a steady stream of awe-inspiring highlights.

In Game 1 of the Western Conference semifinals, after threading the ball between his legs, Curry stepped to his left and, on a crossover, sent Utah center Rudy Gobert — a Defensive Player of the Year candidate — into a 360-degree spin.

In Game 2 of the West finals, Curry made San Antonio center Dewayne Dedmon slip and fall on his backside with only a hesitation — no major ball-handling display.

Early in the third quarter of Saturday’s Game 3 win, not long after engineering that big first-half run with three fouls, Curry shed 6-foot-11 LaMarcus Aldridge in the corner with back-to-back crossovers before knifing down the baseline and lofting a high-arcing floater over Danny Green.

“Whoa, beautiful ball-handling from Curry!” ESPN analyst Mike Breen exclaimed on the telecast.

“Obviously, I’ve got a nice rhythm, nice flow to what I’m doing,” said Curry, who, with 21 points in Game 3, passed Rick Barry (1,776) to become the franchise’s all-time postseason scoring leader.

Last season, Curry followed up his first MVP award by shattering his league record for three-pointers made.

Though he did enough to earn his fourth straight All-NBA selection, Curry left many wondering why he hadn’t delivered as many of his trademark six-second dribbling and shooting spectacles.

[…] with Golden State on the verge of a series sweep Monday at AT&T Center, Curry is playing his best basketball of the season.

With the Warriors 11-0 in the playoffs, Curry leads the NBA postseason in three-pointers made (48) and is fifth in scoring (27.9 points per game) while dishing out 5.5 assists.

“He’s playing at an extremely high level,” Brown said.

Curry followed up a sterling regular season last year with a forgettable postseason.

“I’m a pretty good negotiator, so I won that one,” Curry said with a chuckle.

Connor Letourneau is a San Francisco Chronicle staff writer.

Series schedule

Games at 6 p.m. on ESPN

Warriors 113, Spurs 111

Warriors 136, Spurs 100

Warriors 120, Spurs 108

Wednesday: at Oracle Arena*

Sunday: at Oracle Arena*

A look at Warriors point guard Stephen Curry’s 2016-17 regular season statistical averages compared to this postseason:

Pts

2016-17 regular season

First round vs.

[…] round vs.

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