NUGGETS AT WARRIORS, 10:30 P.M. ET

TV: ESPN2

  • Warriors point guard Stephen Curry will start despite suffering a sprained his left ankle — the “good” one, not his twice-surgically-repaired right ankle — during Game 2. Golden State coach Mark Jackson seemed buoyed by what he saw in Curry’s pre-game workout. “He looked good,” Jackson said. “Obviously, he didn’t look 100 percent, but he looked like he’s definitely able to play.”
  • The Nuggets will make one change to their starting lineup, plugging Kenneth Faried in at center despite Faried’s so-so numbers — four points, two rebounds in 21 minutes — in his return from his own ankle injury in Game 2. “I didn’t think he was bad (in Game 2), but I didn’t think he was good, either,” Denver coach George Karl told reporters. “We’re going to start him tonight just because we need his energy and his passion on the court.” Kosta Koufos will come off the bench.
  • Karl was on the Warriors’ bench for one of the most famous playoff moments in the franchise’s California history — Eric “Sleepy” Floyd dropping 51 points on the Lakers during a second-round series on May 10, 1987. “We were fake-calling plays,” Karl said. “Basically, it was just, give him the ball and he’d make a shot.”
  • This will be Golden State’s first home playoff game since 2007, when the Warriors went 4-1 hosting Dallas and Utah. The fans gained national notice during that series for turning Oracle Arena into a wall of sound, something that likely will happen again tonight. However, Jackson cautioned against depending on too much of an emotional lift from that support: “It won’t win the ballgame. It won’t hit a shot. It won’t get a defensive stop. As a basketball team, it’s important for us to realize that being home is not going to solve the problems that the Denver Nuggets present.”

– Geoff Lepper

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