Curry: 'It's going to be a tough series'
Unlike the series vs. the Nuggets, Mark Jackson said going small is not an option for Golden State against San Antonio. (AP)
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The Warriors look at the three days off following Thursday's series-clinching win against Denver as just about the ideal amount of time between rounds.
Enough time to help Stephen Curry and Andrew Bogut recovered from nagging injuries, but not enough time to lose the momentum they created with their first-round upset.
Warriors coach Mark Jackson chose to limit Curry in practice Sunday and has kept a close watch on the status of his two most important players.
"I think it's important to make sure that Steph and Bogut get as much time to recover as possible," Jackson said. "(Curry) went through some stuff, but was limited."
Added Curry: "(I feel) good enough. Took advantage of these past three days and have been able to get some swelling out of the ankles and get a little more range of motion in the hamstrings and stuff like that, but can't expect to feel like it's October again in the middle of May."
San Antonio isn't without its own set of injury/illness concerns.
Forward Tiago Splitter (ankle) has been ruled a game-time decision for San Antonio, but the consensus is that he is expected to play. Boris Diaw (synovial cyst excision, lumbar spine) was listed as probable.
When Splitter (6-11) is on the court with Tim Duncan, Jackson said going small is not an option for Golden State.
San Antonio had seven days off after sweeping the Los Angeles Lakers, but Curry said he doesn't think the layoff will negatively affect a team like the Spurs.
"They've swept a lot of people," Curry said. "You got to expect they'll be on top of their game, no rust, tonight."
Jackson not set on starting lineup
Jackson did not make his starting lineup known at Monday's shootaround, but conventional wisdom says it'll be the same lineup he trotted out to start Game 6 against Denver: Curry, Bogut, Klay Thompson, Harrison Barnes and Carl Landry.
He did confirm that whoever is announced in during pregame will start the game. Jarrett Jack started three games in the first-round series despite Landry being introduced.
"That ran its course and I milked it long enough," Jackson said.
While San Antonio pushed the ball in their sweep of the Lakers, Jackson is not convinced that wasn't a product of who they were playing.
"This team was the No. 1 fast-breaking team in the postseason, but that being said, they played the Lakers," Jackson said.
For the Warriors, opposition doesn't matter.
"No matter who we play, that's how we play," Curry said. "That's our strength, using our youth and our quickness and the offensive prowess we have."
Jackson 'comfortable' with playing Lee
David Lee will be active, but still is not expected to play a significant role.
"He's going through some of the stuff (in practice)," Jackson said. "I feel comfortable if I needed him. I'm not sure how big of a role he'll play tonight."
MVP: "It should have been unanimous"
Jackson does not agree with Boston Globe writer Gary Washburn's selection of Carmelo Anthony for league MVP.
"LeBron James was the guy and it should have been unanimous," Jackson said. "In my opinion he's the greatest small forward to have ever played the game."
James took 120 of 121 first-place votes, while Curry (3 fifth-place votes) and Lee (one fifth-place vote) were among the overall vote getters.