Jovan Buha: Clippers forward Danilo Gallinari (left strained glute) will play and start tonight against the Timberwolves after missing the last 13 games, according to head coach Doc Rivers.
Curry scored a team-high 28 points albeit on 10-of-26 shooting, missed a potential game-tying 3-pointer with .5 seconds left and shot only 1-of-8 in the fourth quarter. The Warriors would not have been in such a position to win, however, without Curry’s third-quarter play. Then, Curry scored 17 points, while shooting 6-of-10 from the field and 5-of-8 from 3-point range. “I could sit here and nitpick all you want,” Curry said. “I had some decent looks that didn’t go down, but that’s not why we lost.”
Therefore, Thompson turned around and shot a 16-foot jumper that airballed. Afterwards, Thompson said, “you have to think on your feet and just try to get a shot.” Durant added he “maybe should have waited until [Thompson] set his feet.” “That’s not the reason we lost the game. I wish it could have been a better possession at the end,” Durant said. “I definitely wish I had that last play back. So I’m going to watch film and see what my options were. Hopefully if I’m in that position again, I’ll be better.”
The Warriors clearly felt the loss of Andre Iguodala, the fifth member of the league’s most effective five-man lineup, who was ruled out of the game with a left knee injury before tip off. “Well, obviously, he’s a great defender, and he’s a guy I think he led the league in assist to turnover ratio,” Kerr said of Iguodala. “ . . . You guys have heard me sing his praises for years. He’s an organizer. He’s a guy who settles us down. He continuously makes the right play. “So we’ll miss all that.”
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The only player slower than he in this conference finals round is Golden State’s Zaza Pachulia, and the only player in these playoffs who ran slower was Minnesota’s Jeff Teague (minimum four games, 10 minutes). 6. James, however, doesn’t believe any of it. 7. “That’s the dumbest shit I’ve ever heard,” James told The Athletic after his 44 points evened this series at two games each. “That tracking bullshit can kiss my ass. The slowest guy? Get out of here.”
James, however, insists this isn’t a case of conserving energy because of his heavy workload. In fact, he made it clear he believes the whole idea is ridiculous. 11. “Tell them to track how tired I am after the game, track that shit,” James said. “I’m No. 1 in the NBA on how tired I am after the game.”
Kuzma has been working out at the Lakers’ practice facility for the past three weeks, doing two-a-days hitting the weight room and basketball court. And Kuzma hasn’t been alone. Kuzma, who has added noticeable muscle, says Lonzo Ball has been in the weight room as well. “Consistency in the weight room, that is the biggest thing,” Kuzma said on Tuesday of what he has seen out of Ball this offseason so far. “He has been in there pretty much every day I have been in here around this time. You can tell he is taking the weight room a lot more serious and that is going to help him by allowing him to recover faster and hopefully next year be on the court more because of that weight room.”