Player News - Warriors

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Zaza Pachulia is on track to start Game 1 of the NBA Finals on Thursday.

Pachulia has practiced for three days in a row and still has a few more days to get back to full strength. "It’s good that we have one week off," he said. "That way I can prepare myself mentally and physically for this team." Anthony Slater of The Mercury News expects the center to play his normal role of about 15-20 minutes, as the Warriors could use his size to help keep Tristan Thompson off the offensive glass.
May 28 - 10:33 AM

Zaza Pachulia (heel) went through all parts of the three practices on Thursday, Friday and Saturday.

He is basically back to being healthy and is on track to start on Thursday. Coach Mike Brown said Zaza ran and did scrimmage over the past three days, and Zaza definitely appreciated the time off. "It’s good that we have one week off," Pachulia said. "That way I can prepare myself mentally and physically for this team." The Warriors may have saved up Andre Iguodala more in the early rounds, so he could take some of Zaza's minutes.
May 27 - 6:22 PM

The Warriors have practiced the past three days, they will take off on Sunday, and then practice on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday.

They aren't taking too much time off excluding the Sunday, so they should be up to speed on preparation for the Cavs on Thursday. As of Saturday, coach Steve Kerr is still not ready to coach, but he is getting closer to a return.
May 27 - 5:17 PM

Matt Barnes said that he does not plan on retiring at the end of the season.

This is Barnes' 14th season in the league. He has played for nine teams. "I think I’ve still got a little bit left in the tank," Barnes said. "Obviously, I’d like to come back here and finish up here, but I feel like I’ve got another year or two left in the tank." He has likely played well enough this season to earn a one-year deal at the veteran's minimum next season.
May 27 - 9:07 AM

Kevin Durant said he's still dealing with some "nicks and bruises" from the physical play in the postseason.

He added he feels good despite this minor injury concern. The Warriors have over a week off, so KD should be getting close to 100 percent for Game 1 on Thursday. Durant has been ridiculously efficient in the playoffs, posting a 67.3 true shooting percentage. According to Las Vegas gambling sites, he's the favorite to land the Finals MVP with Stephen Curry right behind him.
May 26 - 7:59 PM

Draymond Green said the Warriors are more relaxed this year.

"Last year we were chasing 73 wins," Green said. He's been vocal about wanting this rematch against the Cavs and said earlier this year he wants to "annihilate" them. Green is likely going to have to guard LeBron James a lot in this series, but he will be the last line of defense against a red-hot Cleveland offense.
May 26 - 4:34 PM

Steve Kerr is still not ready to return to the bench for the Warriors.

Due to his back injury, Kerr remains in a great deal of pain. "If he feels better and we have to make those decisions, we will, but right now we're not putting any deadlines on should he feel better what will we do," general manager Bob Myers said on Thursday. "It'll be based on what day it is, how exactly he feels, how long he's felt well." At this point, it's probably safe to assume Mike Brown will handle gameday coaching duties during the entirety of the Finals.
Source: NBA.com
May 26 - 10:23 AM

Klay Thompson said he thinks about the 2016 NBA Finals every day.

"I always thought about it. We were so close last year … a game away," Thompson said. "I would be lying to you if I didn’t think about it all the time." The Warriors haven't had a 3-1 lead since last year, but all of NBA Twitter will be ready for the jokes if the Warriors have another 3-1 lead next month. As for Thompson, his usage rate in the playoffs has dropped to just 21.0, which is down from 26.2 in the regular season.
May 25 - 4:18 PM

Zaza Pachulia (heel) went through a full practice on Thursday.

He has another week to get healthy and should be ready to roll for Game 1 at home. Pachulia actually leads the Warriors for net rating in the playoffs with his +28.4, which is a testament to how much the starters are dominating. He has missed the last two games to give JaVale McGee, Pat McCaw and David West get some added run.
May 25 - 3:41 PM

Zaza Pachulia (heel) said he'll be fine to play when the NBA Finals begin.

Pachulia sat out Games 3 and 4 of the Dubs' Western Conference Finals matchup with the Spurs, so he'll have at least a full nine days to rest up before the Finals begin. It sounds like he'll be back in the starting five for Game 1 of the Finals, which will result in Patrick McCaw moving back to the second unit.
Source: ESPN
May 23 - 3:46 PM

Steve Kerr is still in pain and unlikely to return to full-time coaching duties during the NBA Finals.

Unfortunately, the procedure Kerr underwent at the Duke Spine Center back on May 5th did not deliver the relief he had been hoping for. Kerr has been able to assist acting head coach Mike Brown by watching the games remotely and breaking down film, but obviously would prefer to be on the floor with his team. "I wish I could be out there with them," said Kerr. "And maybe I will. I don’t know. We’ll see."
May 23 - 10:47 AM

Patrick McCaw tweaked his right ankle in Monday's Game 4 win over the Spurs, but he later returned and finished with six points (2-of-4 shooting), four rebounds, two assists, one block and two triples in 17 minutes.

He had his ankle re-taped and seemed fine after returning, but he gets nine days off to recover anyways. The Spurs went super small tonight with Jonathon Simmons at the four, so McCaw replaced JaVale McGee in the first unit with Zaza Pachulia (heel) out again. Andre Iguodala should be much healthier for the NBA Finals and will take on a larger role, so McCaw's minutes may trend down in the NBA Finals.
May 23 - 12:31 AM

Andre Iguodala (left knee soreness) played 22 minutes in Monday's Game 4 win over the Spurs, finishing with seven points (3-of-6 FGs), six rebounds, three assists, two steals and two turnovers.

Iguodala was considered probable to play, and while he didn't have a formal minutes cap, it's obvious that the Warriors were keeping an eye on his workload. The Warriors will need Iguodala's minutes to be in the 30s with a potential matchup with LeBron James and the Cavs looming, but luckily he gets nine days off to get back to 100 percent.
May 23 - 12:24 AM

Klay Thompson's struggles continued in Monday's Game 4 win over the Spurs, scoring 10 points on 3-of-13 shooting.

He grabbed six rebounds with one assist and one triple in 34 minutes. Thompson hasn't been himself in the postseason with averages of 14.4 points on 38.3 percent shooting, a far cry from his regular season scoring average of 22.3 points on 46.8 percent shooting. With nine days off until the NBA Finals, Thompson's struggles will be a major talking point with a potential matchup with the Cavaliers looming.
May 23 - 12:08 AM

Stephen Curry dropped a game-high 36 points in Monday's 129-115 Game 4 win as the Warriors swept the Spurs.

The Warriors will be back in the finals for the third year in a row. Curry shot 14-of-24 from the field with six rebounds, five assists and five 3-pointers and has never looked better, averaging 27.9 points per game in his previous 11 playoff games. Curry said after Game 3 that he's been battling a sore right (shooting) elbow for a little while, so the extra time off will be key -- Game 1 of the NBA Finals isn't until June 1. He will be looking to redeem himself after a poor showing in the Finals in 2015-16.
May 22 - 11:54 PM


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