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A look at Warriors’ to-do list for second-round series vs. Pelicans

Warriors head coach Steve Kerr gave his players Wednesday off to relax after winning their first-round series against San Antonio in five games. However, there was no break for a coaching staff trying to prepare for New Orleans on a tight timeline.

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Draymond Green on Mike Shumann incident: ‘It’s the principle’

After the Warriors’ series-clinching Game 5 win Tuesday night over the Spurs, Draymond Green became the first member of the Golden State organization to weigh in publicly on news that KGO sports anchor Mike Shumann allegedly took a jacket that belonge…

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Draymond Green responds to Chris Webber saying that he wouldn’t start on some teams

Golden State forward Draymond Green is a master at deriving motivation from even the most seemingly innocuous quotes about him. So late Tuesday night, when Green was asked about TV analyst and ex-Warrior Chris Webber’s comment that Green may not start…

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Warriors beat Spurs in 5, face Pelicans in Western Conference semifinals

After a dizzying third-quarter display of passing ended in a wide-open three-pointer from Draymond Green on Tuesday night, Stephen Curry, straight-faced, leaned back in his courtside seat, touched thumb to index finger and flicked his right wrist.

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Spurs’ Ettore Messina: ‘The underdog has nothing to lose’

In their first-round series against the Warriors, the Spurs have navigated unfamiliar territory: one of the NBA’s most revered franchises is big underdogs.

Not that interim head coach Ettore Messina is complaining, of course.

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Warriors’ Quinn Cook discusses guarding his childhood idol, Tony Parker

Long before he learned he would play San Antonio in his first career playoff series, Warriors point guard Quinn Cook studied Tony Parker.

It was through a 15-minute segment on one of his “Ankle Breakers” DVDs that Cook first became f…

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Durant on liking Westbrook criticism on Instagram: ‘I don’t want problems’

A day after social media was abuzz over news that he liked an Instagram comment criticizing former teammate Russell Westbrook, Warriors forward Kevin Durant made one thing certain: He is ready to move forward.

“I know what it is nowad…

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Warriors game day: Can Golden State finish off Spurs in Game 5?

Warriors vs. Spurs, Game 5 of First Round

Time: 7:30 p.m.

Where: Oracle Arena, Oakland

Coaches: Steve Kerr, 4th season with …

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Warriors look to get off to better start in Game 5 vs. Spurs

During video study Monday morning, Warriors head coach Steve Kerr contemplated hypotheticals: What if he had done a better job pregame outlining the importance of a strong start? What if, after his team committed a handful of turnovers in the first fe…

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Ettore Messina to coach Spurs in Game 5 vs. Warriors

The Spurs will be without head coach Gregg Popovich for Game 5 of the first round Tuesday night against the Warriors.

San Antonio assistant coach Ettore Messina will fill in as head coach in Popovich’s absence.

After …

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Warriors fall to Spurs to force Game 5

SAN ANTONIO — In addition to their third NBA title in four years, the Warriors are chasing those beautiful sequences in which they expertly exhibit all the fundamentals of the game: dribbling, shooting and, above all else, passing.

A…

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Warriors coach Steve Kerr says Stephen Curry won’t play ‘anytime soon’

SAN ANTONIO — Two days after the Warriors announced that point guard Stephen Curry would miss another week with a sprained left MCL, head coach Steve Kerr wasn’t ready to put a timetable on Curry’s return.

“Steph’s not going to play a…

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Warriors game day: Can Golden State finish off sweep of Spurs?

Warriors vs. Spurs, Game 4 of First Round

Time: 12:30 p.m. PT

Where: AT&T Center, San Antonio

Coaches: Steve Kerr, 4th season…

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Warriors eye first-round sweep of Spurs

SAN ANTONIO — Warriors head coach Steve Kerr knows better than to give the Spurs bulletin-board material. So after practice Saturday, when a reporter mentioned that San Antonio — practically an annual championship contender for the past two decades — …

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Warriors’ Kevin Durant cleared to play Game 4 vs. Spurs

SAN ANTONIO — Warriors forward Kevin Durant has been cleared to play Game 4 of the first round Sunday afternoon against the Spurs.

With 4:36 left in Golden State’s Game 3 win, Durant rolled his left ankle after San Antonio guard Patty…

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Ettore Messina to coach Spurs in Game 4 vs. Warriors

SAN ANTONIO — The Spurs will be without head coach Gregg Popovich for Game 4 of the first round Saturday afternoon against the Warriors.

San Antonio assistant coach Ettore Messina will fill in as head coach in Popovich’s absence.

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Warriors Off Court, Ep. 15: Breaking down Golden State’s Game 3 win over Spurs

SAN ANTONIO — In Episode 15 of the Warriors Off Court podcast, Golden State beat writer Connor Letourneau and sports columnist Scott Ostler break down the Warriors’ Game 3 win of the Spurs.

They go on to lift the curtain on life on th…

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Klay Thompson is the Warriors’ master of efficiency

SAN ANTONIO — Late Thursday night, when he saw more than a dozen reporters packed into a small interview room in the AT&T Center, Warriors guard Klay Thompson shook his head and muttered to himself.

“Let’s make this quick,” Thompson s…

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Warriors’ Stephen Curry ruled out for another week

SAN ANTONIO — Warriors point guard Stephen Curry has been ruled out another week, the team announced Friday afternoon.

Curry, who had his Grade 2 left MCL sprain evaluated Friday, is set to be evaluated again April 27. That would co…

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Warriors send Spurs to brink of elimination with Game 3 win

SAN ANTONIO — Shortly after Warriors head coach Steve Kerr arrived at AT&T Center on Thursday evening, a number of his players — some of whom barely knew Gregg Popovich — approached him with questions: How is Gregg holding up? How are you?

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