Festus Ezeli will start for the Warriors in Game 6 on Thursday.
Mark Jackson doesn't want to play small ball this time, which could end up being a mistake. The Spurs shot 10-of-21 from deep in Game 5 and they'll likely get plenty of open looks with Andrew Bogut and Ezeli down low. Of course, this could just be posturing and Ezeli isn't likely to get many minutes in the grand scheme of things. Carl Landry moves to the bench.
Stephen Curry says he's ready to play big minutes in Thursday's Game 6.
As a beat writer said on Twitter shortly afterward, "But are his ankles?" Curry's a gamer and one of the tougher players in the league, but wanting to play 40-plus minutes and being able to do so effectively are two very different things. Curry is coming off his worst game of the postseason in Tuesday's Game 5 loss and the Warriors need will need a bounce-back if they want to force a Game 7 against the Spurs. We expect Curry to leave everything out on the court tonight, but we're still not sure how effective he can be.
Andrew Bogut says his surgically repaired left ankle isn't bothering him and was not responsible for his limited minutes Tuesday.
Bogut played just 20 minutes in Tuesday's Game 5. Although he said Wednesday that he felt "pretty good," we're a little more than skeptical about the health of Golden State's big man. If this weren't the playoffs, there's a very good chance Bogut wouldn't even be active. Still, the Warriors will need all they can get out of him Thursday night and we're guessing Bogut will play as many minutes as his ankles will allow.
Andrew Bogut played 20 minutes and had two points, six rebounds and zero blocks in Tuesday's Game 5 loss to the Spurs.
Bogut's ankles are in bad shape and he appeared to have trouble moving tonight. If these weren't the playoffs, he would surely be sitting out right now. They'll need him to score, rebound and block some shots on Thursday, and we're guessing he'll at least give it his best shot. But fantasy owners shouldn't expect any miracles from Bogut, who was really laboring tonight.
Stephen Curry hit just 4-of-14 shots for nine points and eight assists, while Klay Thompson was just 2-of-8 for four points, two rebounds and zero assists in Tuesday's bad 109-91 loss to the Spurs in San Antonio on Tuesday.
The Warriors now find themselves in a 3-2 hole and will look to bounce back on Thursday at home. Harrison Barnes was great again for the Warriors, finishing with 25 points, seven boards and two 3-pointers on 10-of-18 shooting, and looks like a nice sleeper pick in fantasy next season. The Spurs' defense was stellar tonight, and Mark Jackson will have to come up with a new game plan for Game 6. Jarrett Jack was the best guard on the team tonight, finishing with 20 points and two 3-pointers on 9-of-16 shooting, which was just fine by Gregg Popovich.
Stephen Curry said his sprained left ankle is "ready to go."
"It feels a whole lot better than it did before Game 4, so that's all I could ask for," Curry said. In that Game 4 win, he had 22 points, six rebounds and four assists in 38 minutes. He knows how to play with a tender wheel. "I think it's in good enough shape to...be able to put a little bit of pounding on it," Curry added. "To warm up, get my legs back and keep my normal routine before games that I kind of broke last game."
David Lee's (hip) playing time will be up to Mark Jackson moving forward.
Lee said that he felt "noticeably better today than I did two days ago" after Sunday's win, and it's not clear how much longer he can keep this going. After revealing that he's likely to undergo surgery when Golden State's season ends, Lee said he's "going to give what I have." He played 7:49 on Sunday, his most action since initially sustaining the injury in the first round.