Warriors, Spurs meet in potential playoff preview

Warriors, Spurs meet in potential playoff preview
April 15, 2013, 2:00 pm
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In the first matchup in Oakland on February 22, the Warriors emerged victorious 107-101. (USA TODAY IMAGES)

Programming note: Warriors-Spurs coverage begins on Comcast SportsNet Bay Area at 7 p.m. with Warriors Pregame Live. Stick around after the final buzzer for Warriors Postgame Live. Channel listings.

As things stand, Monday's game at Oracle Arena between Golden State and San Antonio would be a preview of a first-round matchup in the Western Conference playoffs.

Except when the playoffs tipoff, each team's starting lineup could look significantly different.

San Antonio coach Gregg Popovich's history of resting Tim Duncan, Tony Parker and others throughout the season would seem to indicate he'd be inclined to rest players against the Warriors considering there is little left to play for. The Spurs have long odds to jump to the No. 1 seed -- Oklahoma City would need to lose to Sacramento and Milwaukee -- and played Sunday in Los Angeles.

"You never know with Pop, he might have jersey on under hit suit," Warriors guard Jarrett Jack said. " But we're not at all focused on what they're doing. What they have going on within their team is their business."

If the Warriors (45-35) maintain the No. 7 seed and get the Spurs (58-22) in the first round, they'd prefer to enter that series with the services of center Andrew Bogut, who missed Friday's game against the Lakers will a sprained left ankle. As expected, Bogut was not a full participant in Monday's shootaround, but was present and shot on his own off to the side.

Warriors coach Mark Jackson revealed little about his status.

"We'll figure it out tonight, but he's going to continue to get treatment and we'll play it by ear," Jackson said. "There's nothing you can do. Bottom line is you have to make sure he's healthy and if he's healthy he's on the floor. If he's not, he won't be on the floor."

Bogut missed the Spurs' first trip to Oakland on Feb. 22, a 107-101 Warriors win in overtime. Jack had 30 points and 10 assists in the game to become the first bench player to post those numbers since Magic Johnson in 1996.

With two games left in the regular season, the Warriors could land anywhere from six to eight come playoff time.

There are two scenarios in which the Warriors could wind up as the No. 6 seed. They need to either win both their remaining games (Spurs, at Portland) and hope for a Houston loss (at Suns, at Lakers) or win one and have the Rockets lose both.

A split over the last two guarantees the No. 7, but so long as Houston wins one, it would remain at No. 6.

If Golden State loses its last two games and the Lakers beat the Rockets, the Warriors would be the No. 8 seed and would nearly be assured a first-round series with Oklahoma City.

Curry Close to Record

Warriors guard Stephen Curry is eight threes shy of tying Ray Allen single-season three-point field-goal record. After going 9-for-15 against the Lakers on Friday, Curry sits at 261 threes for the season. Allen knocked down 269 in the 2005-06 season for Seattle.

Jack Discusses Fine

In the wake of a $25,000 fine for verbal abuse of an official in the Warriors' loss, guard Jarrett Jack said he could have handled himself differently.

"It was a situation where I thought I was coming to the aid of my team," he said. "Probably could have done it in a better manner, in hindsight, but it's over and done with."

He disagreed with the notion that the Warriors organization doesn't get respect from the officials.

"It's not like we're going out there and the referees are like 'Hey, this is the Warriors, we're not going to call anything in their favor,''" he said. With that being said, we have the best refs in the game. They do a tremendous job at what they do. Obviously, we want them to get 100 percent of the calls right, but they're humans just like we are. We have to have an understanding of that."

The Lakers shot 50 free throws in their 118-116 win against Golden State to just 16 attempts for the Warriors.

 

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