Why Steph 'likes the opportunity' of play-in tournament

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The Warriors enter Friday's slate of NBA games in ninth place in the Western Conference.

They are a half-game ahead of the 10th-place San Antonio Spurs, and just a half-game behind the No. 8 seed Memphis Grizzlies.

It's going to very difficult for Golden State to finish in the top six, which means they almost assuredly will need to advance through the play-in tournament in order to earn a berth in the playoffs.

So Steph Curry -- what do you think about the play-in format?

"I like the opportunity that's in front of us," the two-time NBA MVP told ESPN's Rachel Nichols. "We have an opportunity to make this season mean something down the stretch because of the play-in. The opportunity of peaking at the right time.

"I'm sure there are gonna be a lot of opinions on it, and we'll see how it plays out. But I'm with it."

Draymond Green two weeks ago said fighting for a spot in the play-in tournament does not motivate him (Steve Kerr said it does motivate him).

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Dallas Mavericks superstar Luka Doncic earlier this week said he doesn't "understand the idea of a play-in" and "doesn't see the point" of having it.

Obviously, you wonder if Doncic would have a different perspective if his team currently was in ninth or 10th place.


And if the Warriors end up entering the play-in as the No. 7 or No. 8 seed, it's safe to assume Steph would rather just be in the first round of the playoffs than needing to win a game to punch a ticket to a seven-game series.

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