TV: League Pass
- The Warriors might be back to looking for backup point-guard solutions. Rookie Nemanja Nedovic, who finally grabbed the role in the last five games with Toney Douglas (stress reaction, left tibia) and Andre Iguodala (strained left hamstring) sidelined, tweaked an ankle in pregame warmups. Golden State coach Mark Jackson said Nedovic stepped on a defender’s foot and came down wrong on the ankle, but called the Serbian product “probable, probably,” for tonight.
- Warriors guard Stephen Curry ranks ninth in the league in scoring, and Toronto coach Dwane Casey sounds like he’s willing to concede those 22.3 points per game to focus his team’s defensive energy elsewhere. “Klay Thompson is the key,” Casey said. “Steph Curry, there’s not one man in this league that’s going to stop him. You might slow him down a little bit with blitzes and some different things, but Klay Thompson’s the key. He’s the guy, if he has a big night, they’re a very, very dangerous team.”
- Casey may be onto something: Thompson’s shooting during victories (55.9 percent overall, 58.4 percent on 3-pointers) is starkly different from his numbers in defeats (39.0, 31.5).
- Toronto forward Rudy Gay hung 26 points on the Warriors in these teams’ most recent matchup, on March 4, a fact that Jackson has brought to the attention of Golden State forward Harrison Barnes, who was burned for many of them. “As a coach, you push buttons and try to get guys going,” Jackson said. “Harrison’s a guy with tremendous pride. . . . Harrison remembers those things. He doesn’t forget. It’s just fun to needle them every now and then and get a reaction.”
- Jacks0n evinced some strong feelings on the breakup between Nets coach Jason Kidd and lead assistant Lawrence Frank, who was demoted by the first-year head coach little more than a month into the season. “I don’t know what happened,” Jackson said. “I do see the reports of a difference in philosophies. If that’s true, that’s trash, to me. Because there’s one philosophy, and that’s the head coach. . . . You win, it’s Jason Kidd. You lose, it’s Jason Kidd. When you talk about a difference in philosophy, that just leaves a bad taste in my mouth. That staff should have the same philosophy as Jason Kidd, win, lose or draw.”
– Geoff Lepper