SPURS AT WARRIORS, 3:30 P.M. ET

TV: ABC

  • Spurs point guard Tony Parker, who tossed in a game-high 32 points in San Antonio’s Game 3 victory Friday night, is expected to play this afternoon despite being kicked in the left calf during the fourth quarter of that game.
  • Warriors point guard Stephen Curry, who struggled to a 5-for-17 shooting night and re-sprained his left ankle (originally hurt in Golden State’s first-round playoff series) in Game 3, is listed in the starting lineup, although take that with a grain of salt; Warriors coach Mark Jackson has on multiple occasions listed Carl Landry and then replaced him with someone else at tipoff. Before discussing the situation with Curry, Jackson did tell the media, “I’d be shocked if he doesn’t play.”
  • Curry came out for a very abbreviated pregame warmup, taking no shots and executing sprints and defensive slides.
  • The young, untested Warriors are experiencing the roller-coaster nature of playoff basketball, going from the top of the world after a Game 2 smackdown — their first win in San Antonio in 16 years — to a gut punch in the wake of Game 3. “You go from wanting to watch every single sports show and read every article to shutting the TV off and not buying the papers and no Internet,” Jackson said. “That’s what it’s all about. You can’t get caught up in it.”
  • Spurs coach Gregg Popovich said he won’t even try to read into whether his team is ready to play. “You do your Knute Rocknes, you do all that stuff and go out and lay an egg and wonder, or you don’t say crap — ‘The gym’s that way. Go.’ — and they go out and play great,” Popovich said. “Teams are made up of human beings. Psychoanalyzing them before a game is not something that I try to do. I just depend on their professionalism to be ready.”

– Geoff Lepper

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