|Western Conference - Round 1 - Best of 7 - Game 2 - DEN Leads 1-0|
|Last 5 Games||2-3||-1||4-1||3-2||104.6||52.6||45.9%||55.0||105.0||50.8||46.9%||48.8|
|Team Stats (All Games)||101.1||51.3||38-84||45.7%||8-20||40.3%||17-21||79.0%||52||11||23||21||7||15||4|
|vs opponents surrendering||98.4||49.5||37-82||45.3%||7-20||36.0%||17-22||75.4%||50||11||22||20||8||14||5|
|Team Stats (Road Games)||100.4||50.8||38-85||44.9%||8-20||40.0%||16-20||79.9%||51||11||21||22||7||14||4|
|Stats Against (All Games)||100.2||50.5||37-85||43.9%||8-23||34.5%||18-24||74.6%||51||11||23||19||8||13||5|
|vs opponents averaging||98.8||49.7||37-82||45.5%||7-20||35.6%||17-23||75.1%||50||11||22||20||8||14||5|
|Stats Against (Road Games)||102.8||52.0||38-83||45.4%||8-22||36.0%||19-25||75.0%||52||11||23||19||8||13||6|
|Last 5 Games||4-1||+1.4||1-4||4-1||110.0||57.6||47.6%||56.8||104.2||47.8||42.5%||57.0|
|Team Stats (All Games)||106.0||52.9||41-85||47.8%||6-18||34.2%||18-26||70.0%||55||13||24||20||9||15||6|
|vs opponents surrendering||98.3||49.4||37-82||45.3%||7-20||35.8%||17-22||75.5%||50||11||22||20||8||14||5|
|Team Stats (Home Games)||108.2||53.5||41-85||48.5%||7-19||35.9%||19-27||70.2%||55||13||25||20||10||14||7|
|Stats Against (All Games)||101.0||50.9||38-86||44.4%||8-23||36.3%||16-23||73.1%||51||12||24||22||8||15||7|
|vs opponents averaging||98.4||49.5||37-82||45.3%||7-20||36.0%||17-22||75.8%||50||11||22||20||8||14||5|
|Stats Against (Home Games)||97.6||48.6||37-85||44.2%||8-23||33.9%||15-22||70.7%||51||12||23||22||7||16||7|
|Average power rating of opponents played: GOLDEN STATE 96.1, DENVER 96|
|3/18/2013||@ NEW ORLEANS||93-72||W||-3.5||W||196||U||35-70||50.0%||46||16||28-83||33.7%||46||13|
|3/20/2013||@ SAN ANTONIO||93-104||L||8||L||203||U||37-84||44.0%||50||16||41-85||48.2%||44||12|
|4/12/2013||@ LA LAKERS||116-118||L||7||W||208.5||O||46-97||47.4%||47||8||34-66||51.5%||51||12|
|4/23/2013||@ DENVER|| || || || || || || || || || || || || || |
|4/26/2013||DENVER|| || || || || || || || || || || || || || |
|4/28/2013||DENVER|| || || || || || || || || || || || || || |
|3/19/2013||@ OKLAHOMA CITY||114-104||W||9.5||W||218||P||43-96||44.8%||60||12||37-85||43.5%||51||14|
|3/25/2013||@ NEW ORLEANS||86-110||L||-7||L||197||U||25-66||37.9%||42||13||41-85||48.2%||52||12|
|3/27/2013||@ SAN ANTONIO||99-100||L||7||W||208.5||U||42-88||47.7%||48||15||35-76||46.1%||48||18|
|4/23/2013||GOLDEN STATE|| || || || || || || || || || || || || || |
|4/26/2013||@ GOLDEN STATE|| || || || || || || || || || || || || || |
|4/28/2013||@ GOLDEN STATE|| || || || || || || || || || || || || || |
|GOLDEN STATE: GUARDS: STEPHEN CURRY is this offense's engine and a stat-stuffing machine, as long as he's healthy. His ankle should be healed, but his small frame hasn't proven to be up to the rigors of the NBA . . . KLAY THOMPSON is a pure shooter who played himself into a starting job last year. He's a bit one-dimensional, but this spread, up-tempo offense is right up his alley . . . JARRETT JACK will back up both guard spots and provide some insurance for the fragile Curry . . . BRANDON RUSH is going to push for a starting job, but he's never proven to be more than a second-unit talent . . . As a rookie, CHARLES JENKINS proved worthy of a roster spot during his late-season audition. But he'll be looking at a lot of DNP-CDs as long as Curry and Jack are healthy. FORWARDS: DAVID LEE's touches will drop alongside Andrew Bogut. The Warriors seem prepared to give him major minutes despite his defensive shortcomings . . . HARRISON BARNES should push for a starting job early. He's not a great iso player, but the Warriors' offense should set him up with catch-and-score opportunities . . . CARL LANDRY is active around the basket and should do some damage over 20 MPG . . . RICHARD JEFFERSON is going to be in a mentor role until his contract expires in two years . . . JEREMY TYLER is young and a borderline usable big off the bench . . . Second-rounder DRAYMOND GREEN isn't an athlete but does a bit of everything. He figures to have a limited role as a rookie. CENTERS: His fractured ankle is not quite 100 percent, but ANDREW BOGUT hopes to be healed enough when the season starts to be the centerpiece of the frontcourt. He can rebound and defend, and he'll get his share of easy scoring opportunities with so many shooters spreading the floor . . . The Warriors seem content to let ANDRIS BIEDRINS rot on the bench . . . Rookie FESTUS EZELI is too raw offensively to see significant minutes.|
|DENVER: GUARDS: TY LAWSON has emerged as the closest thing to a No. 1 option on this team, and despite his size, he's proven capable of playing full-time minutes. He'll continue to post big numbers in an up-tempo system that suits him perfectly . . . ANDRE MILLER will both back up Lawson and share the court with him at times (though Andre Iguodala figures to play a lot of two this season). The steady veteran is one of the league's most underrated sixth men . . . It's a bit surprising that EVAN FOURNIER is making the jump to the NBA this year. His size and skill combo will be nice on the wing one day, but he's unlikely to contribute this year . . . JULYAN STONE will be out until January after offseason hip surgery, but he should be Lawson's main backup upon his return. FORWARDS: DANILO GALLINARI is their most complete offensive player. If healthy, he's capable of being a 20-PPG scorer . . . ANDRE IGUODALA should enjoy the much faster pace Denver plays at. He'll see full-time minutes between both wing spots . . . KENNETH FARIED isn't a skilled big, but he's a high-energy guy who can get his own points off offensive rebounds . . . WILSON CHANDLER could end up leading their second unit in minutes and points . . . COREY BREWER is a front office favorite. He'll stay in the rotation as a defensive presence/glue guy . . . JORDAN HAMILTON could break into the rotation. He's one-dimensional, but has the offensive skills . . . Denver will try to solve the ANTHONY RANDOLPH riddle. Don't expect it to happen this year. CENTERS: Denver is all-in on internet punchline JaVALE McGEE. They'll give the athletic 7-footer every chance to become the star they think he can be. Whether the flaky McGee can capitalize is questionable . . . TIMOFEY MOZGOV is one of the NBA's best screeners, but his touches will be limited . . . KOSTA KOUFOS has quietly developed into a usable rotation player, but he might be squeezed out of minutes.|
|~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ PA SPORTSTICKER NBA PLAYOFF PREVIEW (GOLDEN STATE-DENVER) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ |
(Adds details, quotes. With AP Photos.)
*Warriors-Nuggets Preview* ==========================
By PAT GRAHAM AP Sports Writer
Golden State At Denver, Game Two, 10:30 p.m. EDT
DENVER (AP) -- Stephen Curry laced up his shoes before practice without so much as a soul around him.
As soon as the Golden State guard was ready to step onto the Pepsi Center floor, he was swarmed by a pack of reporters.
These days, Curry's never left open on the court.
The Denver Nuggets certainly don't plan on giving Curry much breathing room in Game 2 on Tuesday night. They know - like the whole league knows - just how dangerous Curry is with an open look at the rim.
Granted, Curry didn't exactly have a Stephen Curry type performance on Saturday, hitting just 7 of 20 shots during a 97-95 loss to open the best-of-seven playoff series. But with David Lee gone for the postseason because of a torn right hip flexor, the Warriors are counting on even more from Curry.
He's counting on even more from himself, too. Curry can't afford another slow start like in Game 1, when he missed his opening nine shots.
Curry did rediscover his touch in the second half, scoring 15 of his 19 points.
"Hopefully, that rhythm I built in the second half will build for the rest of the series," Curry said after practice Monday. "I'm not worried about that cold start coming back anytime soon."
He will see plenty of different looks as the Nuggets constantly rotate fresh defenders on him. Ty Lawson did most of the chasing when it came to Curry, along with Andre Iguodala, Wilson Chandler and rookie Evan Fournier.
Basically, Curry never had a moment's peace when he was on the floor - nor will he. The Nuggets even blitzed the Warriors' pick-and-roll plays, just to disrupt Curry's timing.
"I expect the same," Curry said with a shrug. "Make some adjustments on our end to try to go back at that."
No Lee in the lineup has Nuggets coach George Karl a little on edge. He's not sure how the Warriors are going to make up for missing their All-Star power forward, but he knows Curry could play a big role. When Lee sat out at New York on Feb. 27, Curry erupted for 54 points against the Knicks.
"Incredibly scary, because Curry was fantastic," Karl said.
Golden State coach Mark Jackson was coy when asked about who may start in Lee's place. Jackson might go with Carl Landry or Draymond Green. Or he might choose to play veteran Richard Jefferson.
Another option is to go with a smaller lineup and use guard Jarrett Jack. That's the plan Jack is hoping for, vowing to work on his low-post moves just in case.
"I'm a Jack-of-all-trades kind of guy," said Jack, who wound up third Monday in the voting for the NBA's Sixth Man of the Year, with the award going to J.R. Smith of the New York Knicks. "Power forward is definitely in my repertoire. I don't know what took (coach) so long to put me down here in the first place. If he calls on me to do it, I'll be ready."
Regardless of who lines up at power forward, Lawson expects Klay Thompson and Curry to see more shots. Thompson had a team-high 22 points in the opening game of the series.
"A lot more focus on them and trying to slow them down," Lawson said.
Especially on Curry, who's hard to stop once he finds his rhythm. He's also hard to keep up with, as Lawson found out on Saturday. The Nuggets point guard was all over Curry in the corner and yet Curry still drained a game-tying 3-pointer with 14.5 seconds remaining, setting the stage for Andre Miller's game-winning layup.
"Just try to keep fresh legs on him," Lawson said of stopping Curry. "Because the same person chasing him the whole game might get tired."
The Nuggets will have some fresh legs returning to the lineup as Kenneth Faried expects to play after sitting out the first game with a sprained left ankle. The player nicknamed "Manimal" provides an energy boost.
"He's an all-effort guy," center Andrew Bogut said. "It's not like they're going to throw the ball into the post and let him get a one-on-one. That's not his strength. His strength is offensive rebounds, hustle points, loose balls. He's one of the best in the league in doing that.
"To limit his production, you have to go out of your comfort zone, energy-wise, to match his intensity."
On Saturday, Bogut was back from a bone bruise on his surgically repaired left ankle and contributed nine points, 14 boards, three assists, four blocks and a steal.
So, is he 100 percent healthy again?
"I'm not going to put a number on it, not going to say I'm healthy or not healthy," Bogut said. "It's an out if I play bad. All of a sudden, it's a hero story if I play well. ... I'm here playing in the playoffs."
And hoping to help the Warriors capture a game in Denver, before the series shifts back to Golden State.
"We're not going to panic," Jackson said. "We thought we were good enough to win Game 1. They made plays, they made the biggest play."
Without Lee around, Jackson wants his players to "stay in character" and not try to do too much.
"Their job is not to be David Lee," Jackson said. "At the end of the day, we want you to be you."
Being Curry means shooting his share of jumpers, even if he's only slightly open.
After all, Curry shot his way into NBA history by draining 272 3-pointers this season, three more than former record-holder Ray Allen in 2005-06.
"I'm going to try to get to the basket a little more, to get my rhythm," Curry said. "Shooting and the 3-ball and spacing the floor is definitely a strength and I've got to have confidence."
|Last Updated: 2/18/2018 7:45:49 PM EST|