Player News - Warriors

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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

Patrick McCaw will start Game 4 vs. the Spurs on Monday with JaVale McGee returning to the bench.

The Spurs are starting a small-ball lineup with Patty Mills, Manu Ginobili, Danny Green, Jonathon Simmons and LaMarcus Aldridge, so the Warriors will counter with Stephen Curry, Patrick McCaw, Klay Thompson, Kevin Durant and Draymond Green. JaVale McGee will come off the bench, but he should still be involved with Zaza Pachulia (heel) out again.
May 22 - 9:05 PM

Zaza Pachulia (heel) will not play in Game 4 vs. the Spurs on Monday.

The Warriors will play it safe with Zaza since they have a 3-0 series lead. Coach Steve Kerr said he won't decide on a starting lineup until he sees what San Antonio does, but he did add that he will give the nod to either JaVale McGee or Patrick McCaw.
May 22 - 7:35 PM

Andre Iguodala (left knee soreness) will play in Game 4 vs. the Spurs on Monday.

Zaza Pachulia (heel) remains questionable. Iguodala was originally considered probable after logging 19 minutes in Game 3, but with the Warriors holding a comfortable 3-0 series lead, they may limit his workload again tonight. Fantasy owners should keep their expectations in check while he's limited.
May 22 - 12:46 PM

Stephen Curry said that his right (shooting) elbow is fine.

"It’s fine, it’s kind of been banged up for a while," Curry said after Game 3. "Landing on the floor was kind of hard, but it doesn’t affect my performance or shot or anything like that." Curry was grabbing his elbow several times on Saturday, but he continues to light it up in the playoffs with 27.9 points per game on 49.2 percent shooting. He also banged knees with Dewayne Dedmon during Game 3 and was walking with a slight limp at shootaround, but he'll be good to go for tonight's Game 4.
May 22 - 11:16 AM

Kevin Durant made it clear that he's enjoyed his time with the Warriors.

"I made the 100 percent correct decision, win or lose," Durant said. "I feel like this is the place I was supposed to be. I appreciate everything I’ve done before this. But I’m here now, and I feel like it’s a great spot for me to be." Durant was non-committal when asked if he would exercise his $27.7 million option for the 2017-18 season, but added that he has no intention of leaving. Don't expect much drama if he opts out this summer.
May 22 - 10:49 AM

Kevon Looney (hip) will not play in Game 4 against the Spurs on Monday.

Looney hasn't played since April 4, and it's looking like he might not play at all during the postseason.
May 21 - 5:35 PM

Andre Iguodala (left knee soreness) is being listed as probable for Monday's Game 4 in San Antonio.

Iguodala logged 19 minutes off the bench on Saturday despite the sore knee, and that's likely where his minutes will be for Game 4. Check back for official confirmation on his status closer to Monday's tip.
May 21 - 5:33 PM

Zaza Pachulia (heel) is being listed as questionable for Monday's Game 4 against the Spurs.

The Dubs are up 3-0 in this series, so they have the luxury of holding Pachulia out if they feel there's any risk of him suffering a setback; particularly with Kawhi Leonard (ankle) looking unlikely for the Spurs. We should have a better idea on his status following Monday morning's shootaround, but if he's out again, JaVale McGee could get another start and there would be more minutes for guys like David West and Andre Iguodala.

Kevin Durant put on an offensive clinic during a Game 3 120-108 win over the Spurs on Saturday, scoring 33 points with 10 rebounds, four assists, two steals, one block, three 3-pointers and seven turnovers in 38 minutes.

He was on fire in the third quarter with 19 points in that frame, scoring the majority of those points in contested situations. According to ESPN, KD scored against eight different defenders, so coach Gregg Popovich just didn't have an answer. This was his third 30-point, 10-board game in these playoffs to get him to 16 in his career. There's obviously nothing to worry about from that calf injury from the first round and the Warriors clearly played it right to take it easy on him last month. This team is just so dangerous and also ties the record for most consecutive wins to start a postseason with 11 straight. They'll go for the sweep on Monday.
May 20 - 11:45 PM


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