Gameday: Warriors need Steph Curry to revert to form against Kyrie

Gameday: Warriors need Steph Curry to revert to form against Kyrie

OAKLAND -- After winning Games 1 and 2 in Oakland and splitting Games 3 and 4 in Cleveland, the Warriors return Monday to the warm confines of Oracle Arena for Game 5 and a chance to close out the Cavaliers and win the NBA Finals.

Or as Warriors coach Steve Kerr said Sunday: “We’re right where we want to be.”

It’s also where the Warriors were last June, returning home up 3-1 in the best-of-seven series. They lost that Game 5 but didn’t have two men they will have this time: Kevin Durant and Draymond Green.

Will that be enough to hold off a Cavaliers team that gave itself a jolt of confidence with a blowout win in Game 4 and allow the Warriors to become the first Bay Area team to win a championship at home since the 1974 Oakland A’s?


Warriors by 8.5


Stephen Curry vs. Kyrie Irving: Curry decisively won the first two rounds, narrowly won the third and was clobbered in the fourth -- the only Warriors loss. If Curry reverts to form and Irving stays hot, this can be a duel of epic proportions. If Curry catches fire -- he hasn’t had a truly hot game all series -- it won’t matter what Irving does against the defense of Klay Thompson and anyone else.


Warriors: No injuries listed.

Cavaliers: No injuries listed.


Danny Crawford (crew chief), Ed Malloy, Derrick Stafford. Replay center: Zach Zarba.


Warriors: Posted a 67-15 record in the regular season to earn the No. 1 overall seed in the playoffs. Swept Portland in four games in the first round, swept Utah in four in the Western Conference semifinals and swept San Antonio in four in the conference finals.

Cavs: Were 51-31 in the regular season to earn the No. 2 seed in the Eastern Conference. Swept Indiana in four games in the first round, swept Toronto in four in the conference semifinals, defeated Boston in five games in the conference finals.


Game 1: Warriors 113, Cavaliers 91
Game 2: Warriors 132, Cavaliers 113
Game 3: Warriors 118, Cavaliers 113
Game 4: Cavaliers 137, Warriors 116

The teams split two games in the regular season, the Cavs with a 109-108 victory on Christmas Day in Cleveland, the Warriors a 126-91 win on Jan. 16 in Oakland. The Warriors are 12-8 against the Cavs over the past three seasons, including 8-6 in the postseason.


KD vs. LeBron: The superstar forwards have thus far offset each other, with Durant generally being better when it has mattered most. They’ll see plenty of each other once again. Expect both to be aggressive. The man who is most efficient gives his team a decided advantage.

Oracle and the first 12: If the Warriors bring the mentality exhibited in closeout games in previous series, it could put Cleveland in a hole. Only one team has a comeback win in this series, the Warriors in Game 3. If they start fast at Oracle and crank up the crowd, it will be a lot to ask of the Cavaliers generate enough offense for to overtake the home team.

The turnover game: The Warriors committed four turnovers, giving away 6 points, in an impressive Game 1. They’ve since averaged committed 50 (16.7 per game), for 63 (21 per game) Cavs’ points. If they continue down this road, they very easily could find themselves going back to Cleveland.

Curry limps to locker room with left MCL sprain, does not return vs Hawks

Curry limps to locker room with left MCL sprain, does not return vs Hawks

OAKLAND -- Stephen Curry lasted 25 minutes Friday night before limping out of another game.

He was diagnosed with a sprained left MCL and did not return after sustaining the injury.

Curry came up limping after center JaVale McGee, leaping for a rebound, tumbled backward into his lower legs with 3:09 remaining in the third quarter of the Warriors-Hawks game at Oracle Arena.

Immediately, the sellout crowd let out a collective groan.

Curry, his face a mask of dejection, headed for the bench, where he was examined by Warriors physical performance specialist Chelsea Lane. The two then headed into the locker room.

Curry scored a team-high 29 points and grabbed seven rebounds before leaving the game. This was his first appearance since March 8, when he tweaked his surgically repaired right ankle, causing him to miss six games.

Curry has missed 21 of the team’s 71 games. He will undergo an MRI on Saturday, and his status beyond that is yet to be determined. 

This story is being updated. 

It's official -- Steph Curry will return vs Hawks, Dennis Schroder awaits him


It's official -- Steph Curry will return vs Hawks, Dennis Schroder awaits him

OAKLAND -- At a time when the Warriors could use a boost, they’ll get Friday night when Stephen Curry rejoins the lineup as they face the Atlanta Hawks.

The Warriors (53-18) have been shorthanded for two weeks, and still they’ll be without three of their four All-Stars. Curry’s return after a six-game absence, however, will send a jolt of energy through the team and the crowd at Oracle Arena.

The Hawks (21-51), in full rebuild mode, have lost 10 of 13 since the All-Star break, including a 105-90 loss to the Kings on Thursday night in Sacramento before the lightest NBA crowd of the season due to protests in the wake of a police shooting.


Warriors by 9


Stephen Curry vs. Dennis Schroder: Under normal circumstances, this is worthy of attention, but it’s particularly intriguing with Curry making his return. Schroder, who rested Thursday night, is a defensive pest, the type of player whose presence lights a fire under opponents. Not that Curry needs it. He’s downright anxious to get back on the court.


Warriors: F Omri Casspi (R ankle sprain) is listed as questionable. F Kevin Durant (R rib cartilage injury), F Draymond Green (pelvic contusion) and G Klay Thompson (R thumb fracture) are listed as out.

Hawks: G Kent Bazemore (R knee bone bruise), F De’Andre Bembry (abdominal strain), G Antonious Cleveland (L ankle surgery rehab), F/C John Collins (L ankle sprain), G Malcolm Delaney (L ankle sprain) and G Jaylen Morris (L ankle sprain) are listed as out.


Warriors: 6-4. Hawks: 2-8.


Sean Wright (crew chief), Kevin Cutler, Rodney Mott


The Warriors prevailed in the first of two meetings this season, 114-109 on March 2 in Atlanta. They swept the two-game series last season and are 6-1 against the Hawks in the Steve Kerr era.


DEFENSIVE INTENSITY: Green’s absence robs the Warriors of their best defender and emotional leader. How do they compensate? That’s going to be tough. Expect Jordan Bell (who will start) and Kevon Looney to handle most of the minutes at PF. They’re capable and willing defenders, but neither has Green’s savvy.

THE GIFTS: Though the Warriors, even without a full roster, are much the better team, those circumstances have guaranteed nothing this season. They have a tendency to keep games close by committing costly turnovers. The Hawks are second in forcing turnovers (15.5 per game) and third in points off turnovers (18.2).

THE GUARDS: Curry’s return gives the Warriors a fourth guard, with three PGs (Quinn Cook, Shaun Livingston, Curry) and SG Nick Young. Because Curry and Quinn Cook are capable of playing off the ball, there will be several variations. Any two can be paired as a duo. The coaching staff gets to satisfy its desire to experiment.