Ahead of Game 3 vs Spurs, Iguodala & Zaza at different stages of recovery

Ahead of Game 3 vs Spurs, Iguodala & Zaza at different stages of recovery

SAN ANTONIO -- Though both are listed as questionable for Game 3 of the Western Conference Finals on Saturday, Warriors forward Andre Iguodala and center Zaza Pachulia are at different stages of recovery.

Pachulia was limited during practice Friday, while Iguodala walked out of the session sounding like a man ready to play.

“You’re never 100 percent at this stage of the season,” Iguodala told NBCSportsBayArea.com. “We all have to deal with nagging injuries. But I feel fine.”

Soreness in his left knee forced Iguodala to miss the second half of Game 1 last Sunday and all of Game 2 on Tuesday. He returned to practice Thursday at the team facility prior to the workout Friday in Texas.

Pachulia’s status is a bit more tenuous as he copes with a right heel contusion.

“Andre did some stuff with us today,” acting head coach Mike Brown said. “Zaza didn’t do much.”

If Pachulia, who sustained in the injury in the first quarter of Game 2, is unable to play, the Warriors have several contingencies.

They could start Draymond Green at center, as they did in the second half of Game 2, with Matt Barnes sliding into Green’s power forward spot.

They could leave Green at power forward and turn to JaVale McGee at center. McGee started 10 games in the regular season.

Less likely is the possibility that David West moves into the starting lineup, though he is a third option.

“If (Pachulia) can’t go, we’ll definitely talk about it,” Brown said. “With the roster we have, we have a lot of flexibility. We feel like we could start big if we want to. We still have D-West there. We still have JaVale there. We can go small with Matt Barnes. Depending on what the matchups look like, we’ve started Pat (McCaw) before.

“We feel about the different combinations we can go to, if need be.”

Warriors' championship-level defense may never get recognition it deserves

Warriors' championship-level defense may never get recognition it deserves

The Warriors talk defense from sunup to midnight, and maybe beyond. They explain why defense is essential to their offense, which gets universal praise -- accolades that should go to their defense.

The latest example came Monday, when the NBA announced its All-Defensive teams.

Warriors forward Draymond Green was voted to the first team, one vote short of unanimously, and none of his teammates joined him on the five man first team.

Or the five-man second team.

Guard Klay Thompson finished 12th in the balloting, with 45 votes, including 16 for first place. He was omitted from 71 of 100 ballots.

Forward Kevin Durant finished 23rd, with six votes, all second place. He was omitted from 94 ballots. Guard Stephen Curry finished 29th, with three votes, omitted from 97 ballots.

Forward Andre Iguodala finished 30th, with three votes, including one for first place, and was omitted from 98 ballots.

As always, there was some dubious voting, including the omission of Green from one ballot and the inclusion of Celtics guard Isaiah Thomas -- who ranked 410th among the league’s 411 defenders with a rating -- on one ballot.

But the Warriors continue to be identified by their No. 1-ranked offense while being more accurately defined by their defense, which ranked No. 2 in defensive rating.

It ranked No. 1 in practically every other category that matters. The Warriors were tops in field-goal percentage defense (overall and from 3-point distance), fewest points per shot, blocks and steals.

But if they were hoping for more recognition for the primary reason why they’ve won two championships in three seasons -- and more regular-season games in a three-year span than any team in NBA history -- that’s not happening.

Not now, and maybe not any time soon when folks are so mesmerized by the offensive fireworks provided by Curry, Durant and Thompson.

Draymond Green receives most votes on 2016-17 NBA All-Defensive Team

Draymond Green receives most votes on 2016-17 NBA All-Defensive Team

For the third straight season, Draymond Green is considered one of the best five defenders in the NBA.

The NBA announced Monday that Green was named to the 2017 NBA All-Defensive First Team.

Of the 100 ballots submitted, according to the NBA, Green received 99 first-place votes, but no second-place votes, meaning one voter left Green off their ballot.

Green is joined by Utah's Rudy Gobert, San Antonio's Kawhi Leonard, Los Angeles' Chris Paul and Houston's Patrick Beverley.

Gobert and Leonard also recieved 99 of a possible 100 First or Second team votes.

Green, Leonard and Gobert are the three finalists for the Defensive Player of the Year, which will be announced Monday night during the NBA Awards Show in New York.

Green is the first player in Warriors franchise history to earned All-Defensive First Team honors three years in a row.

In a season when he had several game-saving plays, Green averaged 10.2 points, 7.9 rebounds, 7.0 assists, 1.38 blocks and a league-leading 2.03 steals in 76 games. Green was also the first player in franchise history with at least 150 steals and 100 blocks in a season.

Warriors shooting guard Klay Thompson received eight First-Team votes and 29 Second-Team votes for a total of 45 points. NBA Finals MVP Kevin Durant received six Second-Team votes. Sixth Man of the Year candidate Andre Iguodala received one First-Team vote and one Second-Team vote. Two-time MVP Stephen Curry received three Second-Team votes.

Below are the voting results for the 2016-17 NBA All-Defensive Teams. The balloting was tabulated by the independent accounting firm of Ernst & Young LLP. Complete media ballots will be posted at NBA.com/official tomorrow (Tuesday, June 27).