WARRIORS AT NUGGETS, 5:30 P.M. ET

TV: ESPN

  • The Nuggets had hoped to have forward Kenneth Faried back for Game 1 but the team’s leading rebounder is still rehabbing a sprained left ankle and likely won’t play. Faried has been able to take part in some team drills but his ankle, which he sprained Sunday against Portland, hasn’t improved enough to get on the court. Wilson Chandler will start in his place and Anthony Randolph, who has played well when called upon, should get some minutes. Faried isn’t completely ruled out, though. “He’ll be in uniform,” coach George Karl said. “That’s all I’ll say.”
  • The Warriors will have Andrew Bogut back today. The center didn’t play in the four regular season games, but Golden State coach Mark Jackson doesn’t think his center will make a big difference against a Nuggets’ team that doesn’t rely on a dominant big man. “It’s not like Dwight Howard is in a Nuggets uniform or Tim Duncan. That’s not how they beat you. His presence is more felt when there’s a dominant big man and the team plays through the post,” Jackson said. “That’s not who the Nuggets are. they’re a fast-breaking, up-tempo, penetrating, drive-and-kick team. Bogut’s presence will be felt. We certainly appreciate having him as a rim protector and a post protector and a guy who understands the game offensively.”
  • The Nuggets will try to contain the Warriors’ 3-point shooting, but it will be a difficult task. Guards Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson ranked first and third, respectively, in the NBA in 3-pointers made this year. “I think when they retire might be in the top-10 greatest shooters in basketball,” Karl said. “We’re definitely aware of it. And I think they like to play like we do. They like to go up and down the court. And they want to play before the defense gets set. They like to play that, whatever you want to call it, the pick-up 3, if you run back and don’t pick up well, bam! Or the lazy run back, they’ll punish that guy all night long.”
  • Jackson praised his counterpart before the game, saying Karl deserves his vote for coach of the year. It’s an honor Karl wants to avoid. ” Tell those guys I really don’t want Coach of the Year. I want to come in second,” he said. “Those guys get fired. I’d kind of like to coach a couple more years in Denver.”

– Michael Kelly

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