Curry injures ankle, Warriors beat Dallas 111-87

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Curry injures ankle, Warriors beat Dallas 111-87

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OAKLAND The Warriors knocked off the defending champion Dallas Mavericks, who were playing their third game in three nights. David Lee, Monta Ellis and Nate Robinson led the Warriors, but it wasnt all good. Point guard Stephen Curry re-injured his right ankle in the second half and did not return.Warriors 111, Mavericks 87
Player of the game: Power forward David Lee had 21 of his team-high 25 points in the first half to lead the Warriors (16-21) past Dallas.Key stretch: The Warriors held the Mavericks to 15 points in the first quarter and led 26-15 after 12 minutes. The Warriors were never threatened after that.Curry hurt: Warriors point guard Stephen Curry injured his right ankle again this time midway through the third quarter. Curry was handling the ball near midcourt and was driving to his right.It was not clear if he stepped on a defenders foot or if he simply rolled it. But he came out of the game immediately and was in pain.He was also incredibly frustrated. First, Curry threw his mouthpiece towards the Warriors bench and then he smacked one of the seats on the bench as trainer Chad Bergman began to work on him.Eventually, Curry went to the locker room and was re-taped. He eventually came back and joined his teammates on the bench. The Warriors called the injury a mild ankle sprain and said his return was to be determined.Solid D: The Mavericks struggled from the field in the first half, going just 13-for-41 (31.7 percent) from the floor. They were even worse in the first period, shooting 27.3 percent.Nowitzki missed five of his first six shots, Jason Terry missed six of his first seven shots and Lamar Odom missed four of his first five attempts.Lees big half: The Warriors led 52-42 at halftime, and David Lee had a big part in it. Lee had 21 points and six rebounds in 19 first-half minutes. Lee went 9-for-13 from the floor in the first half and 3-for-3 from the line.Curry starts: Warriors point guard Stephen Curry was back in the starting lineup for Saturdays game against Dallas. Since returning from a strained tendon in his right foot against Toronto on Monday, Jackson has been bringing Curry off the bench and keeping Dominic McGuire in with the starters.No Kidd: Dallas point guard Jason Kidd didnt play on Saturday. Coach Rick Carlisle gave Kidd the night off since the Mavericks were playing their third game in three nights.No Biedrins: Warriors center Andris Biedrins earned a DNP-CD on Saturday night. Biedrins lost his starting spot during the Warriors last road trip, but he was used in backup role after that.Not on Saturday. Biedrins earned his first DNP-CD of the season.

Ty Lue: Celtics 'harder to defend' than Warriors

Ty Lue: Celtics 'harder to defend' than Warriors

The Warriors possess four 2017 All-Stars, three 2017 All-NBA team members and had the highest-scoring offense during the offense. They are 12-0 this postseason and have won those 12 games by an average of 16.3 points.

The Celtics lost All-NBA point guard Isaiah Thomas for the rest of the postseason and don't have another All-Star on the roster.

But for Cavaliers head coach Tyronn Lue, it sounds like he has an easier time scheming to defend the Warriors.

"The stuff (the Celtics are) running, it's harder to defend than Golden State's (offense) for me, as far as the actions and all the running around and all the guys who are making all the plays, so it's a totally different thing. Like, they hit the post, Golden State runs splits and all that stuff but these guys are running all kinds of (stuff). And Brad's (Stevens) got them moving and cutting and playing with pace and everybody is a threat," Lue said Wednesday, according to Cleveland.com.

The Cavs rallied to beat the Celtics in Game 4 on Tuesday night to take a 3-1 series lead in the Eastern Conference Finals.

Despite the commanding series lead, Lue isn't looking ahead of a potential NBA Finals matchup with the Warriors.

"You can't. As much as you want to, it's not over," Lue told reporters.

The Cavs have a chance to wrap up the Eastern Conference Finals on Thursday when they face the Celtics in Boston.

The NBA Finals begin June 1 in Oakland.

 

More Curry-Durant pick-and-roll? Mike Brown: 'I love Steve, but...'

More Curry-Durant pick-and-roll? Mike Brown: 'I love Steve, but...'

The Warriors led the NBA in offensive rating (113.2) during the regular season.

The Warriors are second in the league in offensive rating (115.8) in the playoffs.

Scoring is not an issue.

But will we see the Warriors run more pick-and-roll in the NBA Finals, specifically the Steph Curry-Kevin Durant combination?

"Steve (Kerr) isn't really into this much," interim head coach Mike Brown told ESPN's Zach Lowe. "He's more about spacing and movement -- and that's fantastic. I love Steve, and wherever I might go, I'm going to incorporate a lot of stuff he does.

"But in the playoffs, sometimes you have to attack a mismatch. When I need a bucket, that's what I'm going to do."

Mr. Kerr -- your response?

"Mike is right about me, but I also recognize the need to do it more as defenses get tougher," Kerr told ESPN. "It's about finding the right balance between isolating when we need to, and keeping the flow that makes us who we are."

During the regular season, the Warriors ranked last in pick-and-roll possessions per game -- both when the ball-handler ended the possession, or when the roll/pop man ended the possession.

Steph Curry averaged 6.1 pick-and-roll possessions per game -- 28th in the NBA.

That number is up to 7.5 per game in the playoffs.

“I think we’re still at our best when we’re simple about what we’re doing,” Curry recently told Marcus Thompson of the Bay Area News Group. “Whether it’s pick-and-roll and you’ve got everybody spaced. You’ve got shooters where they need to be. You’ve got the dive man where he needs to be with space to put pressure on the rim. 

"You’ve got a ball-handler playmaker with it that can come off and shoot it, get a bucket. Sometimes it doesn’t need to be more complex than that. We’ve got the awareness that, that needs to happen.”