Immediately after the Warriors won Game 2 of the NBA Finals, Stephen Curry called Toronto's strategy "janky" after the Raptors used a box-and-1 to corral the star guard.
Now, weeks later — with free agents Klay Thompson and Kevin Durant out for the majority of next season, if not gone forever — the Warriors will need to fill out roster space with shooters to combat the “janky” strategy that other teams are sure to now employ on Curry.
However, with Golden State deep in the luxury tax, the team only will be able to sign players via the mid-level exception and minimum contracts. Luckily for the Warriors, that still leaves plenty of options to find a shooter who might keep defenses more honest.
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It seems like we’ve been here before.
The Warriors and Los Angeles Lakers will match up for the third time this preseason Wednesday night in Los Angeles.
The two clubs played just two days ago at Staples Center, with the Lakers coming out on top with a 104-98 win.
Steph Curry will not play in the penultimate preseason game for Golden State, and forward Omari Spellman also will sit after a tweaked back suffered in Monday night’s loss.
Anthony Davis, who missed Monday’s game, is expected to suit up for Los Angeles.
[RELATED: How Steph plans to stay healthy through heavy workload]
Here’s how you can watch Warriors-Lakers online and on TV:
When: Wednesday, Oct. 16, at 7:30 p.m.
TV Channel: ESPN
Live Stream: Watch ESPN
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Steve Kerr spoke to reporters after shootaround Wednesday morning. And as he saw guard Klay Thompson walking nearby, the Warriors coach busted out the jokes.
"Klay, we don't really need at all," Kerr said.
After Thompson responded with "redshirt season," Kerr seized the opportunity to roast the two-time All-NBA selection.
"We're redshirting him, trying to get him bigger and stronger. Get him used to campus life. Academically, he's got a ways to go ..."
Klay is rehabbing his torn left ACL, and will be sidelined until at least the All-Star break.
It's possible that the five-time All-Star misses the whole season, hence the "redshirt" reference.
[RELATED: Dubs' Spellman out for tonight's preseason game at Lakers]
But the Warriors sure hope that doesn't become the reality and Klay is able to come back at the end of the regular season for a playoff push.
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