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Steve Kerr discusses Steph Curry's status: 'If these were the playoffs right now...'

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Steve Kerr discusses Steph Curry's status: 'If these were the playoffs right now...'

Steph Curry tweaked his right ankle vs the Spurs on March 8.

He missed the last three games and will miss at least the next three games, too.

The Warriors will evaluate Curry next Tuesday, and he may return to game action next Friday against the Hawks.

"We're obviously prioritizing health, No. 1 ... if these were the playoffs right now, Steph would be playing," Steve Kerr said on KNBR 680 on Thursday. "But we have a better chance to rehab him over the next 10 days.

And a better chance to keep him around without tweaking that thing again for the long term."

The other Splash Brother -- Klay Thompson -- is going to be evaluated next Thursday.

But he's expected to miss a couple weeks.

Kerr is well aware that "our fans panic a little bit," but he wants them to remember...

"Nobody's out for the year. A couple guys are out for a couple weeks," Kerr told reporters on Thursday. "We have seemed invulnerable the last few years ... I think people are seeing our vulnerability this year. We've always known that we were vulnerable. We all are.

"It's just been exposed more this year through injury, through whatever."

So basically... relax!

Drew Shiller is the co-host of Warriors Outsiders. Follow him on Twitter @DrewShiller

Warriors will make concerted effort to get off to strong start in Game 5

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Warriors will make concerted effort to get off to strong start in Game 5

OAKLAND -- After losing a first-round game for only the second time in four postseasons, the Warriors expect to recover and close out the Spurs when they meet Tuesday night in Game 5 at Oracle Arena.

Coverage on NBC Sports Bay Area begins with Warriors Outsiders at 4:30pm, with tipoff at Oracle Arena scheduled for 7:40.

Reverting to their worst regular-season habits in Game 4, committing seven turnovers in the first five minutes in a tip-to-horn road loss, the Warriors are sure to be more focused at home. They are 7-1 in Game 5s under coach Steve Kerr.

For the third consecutive game, San Antonio will be without head coach Gregg Popovich, who remains away after the death of his wife last Wednesday.

BETTING LINE

Warriors by 10.5

MATCHUP TO WATCH

JaVale McGee & Co. vs. LaMarcus Aldridge: Though Aldridge had 22 and 10 in Game 4, the Warriors made him go out of his comfort zone. He was 3-of-3 beyond the arc, and the Warriors will give him those shots. As long as he isn’t pouring in points, the Spurs will have to get offense from other sources and that’s not a given.

INJURY REPORT

Warriors: G Stephen Curry (L MCL sprain) and G Pat McCaw (lumbar spine contusion) are listed as out.

Spurs: F Kawhi Leonard (return from injury management) is listed as out.

SERIES TO DATE

Game 1: Warriors 113, Spurs 92 Game 2: Warriors 116, Spurs 101 Game 3: Warriors 110, Spurs 97 Game 4: Spurs 103, Warriors 90

GAME OFFICIALS

Mike Callahan (crew chief), Tony Brown, Jason Phillips, (Bennie Adams) alternate

SERIES HISTORY

The Warriors won three of four in the regular season after sweeping the Spurs in the 2017 Western Conference Finals. The Warriors are 14-7 (including postseason) against San Antonio in the Steve Kerr era.

THREE THINGS TO WATCH

EARLY ENGAGEMENT: The crowd will sense victory from the start and the Warriors, with no desire to make a return trip to San Antonio, will be in a mood to handle business at home. Considering their dreadful start in Game 4, they’ll make a concerted effort to be sharp and generate some early momentum.

KLAY’S COMEBACK: After punishing the Spurs with spectacular shooting in the first three games, Klay Thompson had neither luck not accuracy in Game 4, missing 12 of his 16 shots. His scoring often is the pivotal offensive factor for a Warriors team without Stephen Curry. When he’s on, the Warriors almost always win.

SPURS RESOLVE: Shooting 53. 6 percent from deep, playing aggressive defense and knowing it might be Manu Ginobili’s last game in San Antonio, the Spurs may have found their peak in Game 4. That will be tough to repeat knowing they need to win four in a row to take the series.

Nick Young details his big summer plans: 'After I win a championship...'

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Nick Young details his big summer plans: 'After I win a championship...'

Nick Young has said it multiple times this season:

He's champing at the bit for the Warriors to win the title because he really wants to party.

On top of that, Young has some big plans for the summer.

In a Q&A with Grailed, the following exchange took place:

Grailed: "Are you finally ready to tell the world what the 'P' in 'Swaggy P' means?"

Young: "I mean, I got a book coming out. After I win a championship, it's going to drop the same day as my album. I’ve been going to the studio."

Grailed: "You’re going to capitalize on the moment."

Young: "Yeah and my lifestyle shoes too. It's all in one."

Additionally, Young has a brand -- Most Hated -- that will debut this summer.

It's been an arduous process.

"It's actually harder than I thought," Young told Grailed. "I thought it was going to be easier. The entire process, it takes longer. Like, to get clothes done, it takes months and months to get it done right and, by then, something else is already coming out.

"You just really got to be ahead of the curve. Really planning stuff out and finding the right people to work with."

Yesterday, we learned that 'China Klay' will return this summer and now this news about Nick Young.

What a time to be alive...

Drew Shiller is the co-host of Warriors Outsiders. Follow him on Twitter @DrewShiller