Warriors-Hawks: What to watch for

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Warriors-Hawks: What to watch for

Programming note: Catch Warriors Pregame Live at 4 p.m. and stay tuned for all the action tonight when Golden State tips off with the Hawks at 4:30 p.m., only on Comcast Sportsnet Bay Area!
UPDATE at 3:20 p.m.: Warriors coach Mark Jackson just told reporters in Atlanta that Stephen Curry will not play tonight due to a strained tendon in his right foot.

The good news for the Warriors is they have a chance to putTuesdays ugly loss to the Indiana Pacers behind them. Theyll take on theAtlanta Hawks on Wednesday in Game 2 of their five-game road trip.Warriors coach Mark Jackson said he was embarrassed by the102-78 loss to Indiana and that his team got outworked.
The Hawks have hung in there despite Al Horfords pectoralinjury. In the past, Horford has dominated the Warriors on the interior so hisabsence is a bonus for Golden State.Here are some things to watch for during Wednesdaysgame:Shoot better: Sometimes it doesnt getmuch more simple than that. The Warriors went 3-for-22 from 3-point rangeagainst the Indiana Pacers on Tuesday and got walloped.RELATED: Box score: Pacers 102, Warriors 98
The Warriors dont have a lot of interior optionsoffensively and so theyve got to make outside shots when they get them. Whenthey dont, theyre in big trouble.Bottom line is the Warriors have to shoot better from3-point range, and Monta Ellis could actually have something to do with that ifhe starts the game by trying to draw and kick out to outside shooters.Rushs minutes: Dorell Wright didnt do awhole lot of anything against Indiana, and you get the sense Warriors coachMark Jackson is getting less and less enamored with Wrights play.RELATED: Dorell Wright game logs
And it doesnt help Wrights cause that two of Jacksonsfavorite effort-guys -- Brandon Rush and Dominic McGuire are waiting in thewings. If Wright gets off to a slow start against Atlanta, it might be worthnoting how quick of a hook Jackson has.Curry uncertainty: Warriors point guardStephen Curry missed Tuesdays game because of a strained tendon in his rightfoot. It was the 10th game this season Curry has missed because ofinjury.It seems unlikely Curry will play against Atlanta, though hetold reporters he was going to try.Regardless of whether Curry plays or not, its not a stretchto think that the uncertainty surrounding Currys foot and ankle isnt helpingthe Warriors cause any.Defend Smith: Josh Smith is the kind ofathletic and skilled big man the Warriors sometimes have trouble defending.Hes considered a power forward but would be a handful for a player such asDavid Lee to defend.RELATED: Josh Smith game logs
If Lee is struggling to defend Smith, expect Jackson to giveDominic McGuire a crack at him.

Steph Curry keeps game ball for Steve Kerr after he misses Game 3

Steph Curry keeps game ball for Steve Kerr after he misses Game 3

While head coach Steve Kerr was unable to make Saturday's Game 3 due to an illness, the Warriors went out and took a 3-0 series lead over the Blazers. 

After the game, Steph Curry dedicated the win to Kerr by keeping the game ball for him. 

"Our coach is going through a lot right now physically and he told us this morning this is a situation where we need to rally and go out and win a game for him, but we felt like that," Curry said after the Warriors' 119-113 win. "The way that game had gone on we had to fight and do it for him. 

"The way that he said it was we had to win one for The Gipper, so shout out to coach Kerr." 

Curry led the Warriors with 34 points in Saturday's win. 

Instant Replay: Warriors battle Blazers, take commanding 3-0 series lead

Instant Replay: Warriors battle Blazers, take commanding 3-0 series lead

BOX SCORE

PORTLAND -- Head coach Steve Kerr didn’t show and All-Star forward Kevin Durant didn’t play.

Neither did Shaun Livingston or Matt Barnes.

No matter. Trailing by as much as 17 before a surging Trail Blazers team and a thunderous sellout crowd at Moda Center, the Warriors found their way to a 119-113 victory in Game 3 of their first-round playoff series Saturday night.

The Warriors can close out the series with a win in Game 4 here on Monday night.

With assistant coach Mike Brown serving as acting head coach in the absence of an ill Kerr, five Warriors scored in double figures, led by Stephen Curry’s 34 points. Klay Thompson put in 24, Andre Iguodala 16, JaVale McGee 14 and Pat McCaw 11.

The Warriors overcame a 16-point third-quarter deficit and a 52-42 rebounding disadvantage with a single, searing stretch of defense in the third quarter, when they limited Portland to 30.4-percent shooting.

Guards CJ McCollum, who totaled 32 points, and Damian Lillard, who posted 31, led the Trail Blazers.

STANDOUT PERFORMER

As crucial to the comeback as was the offensive reemergence of Curry and Thompson, nobody did more good things over different portions of the game than did McGee.

McGee’s line: 14 points (6-of-8 shooting from the field, 2-of-2 from the line), four rebounds and one steal. He played 16 minutes and finished a game-high plus-24.

TURNING POINT

Trailing 82-66 after a Lillard finger roll with 6:20 left in the third quarter, the Warriors rumbled back with a 19-1 run, taking an 85-83 lead when McGee slammed through a lob with 2:01 left in the quarter.

The Warriors during that stretch held Portland to 0-of-8 shooting, with three turnovers.

INJURY UPDATE

Warriors: F Matt Barnes (R foot/ankle bone bruise), F Kevin Durant (L calf strain) and G Shaun Livingston (R index finger sprain and hand contusion) were listed as questionable and downgraded to out. F Kevon Looney (L hip strain) is listed as out.

Blazers: G Allen Crabbe (L foot soreness) and G CJ McCollum (R ankle sprain) were listed as probable and upgraded to available. C Jusuf Nurkic (L leg fracture) was listed as doubtful and upgraded to available. C Ed Davis (L shoulder surgery) and C Festus Ezeli (L knee surgery) were listed as out.

WHAT’S NEXT

The teams reconvene Monday night at Moda Center for Game 4. Tipoff is scheduled for 7:30 p.m.