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After a day off, Curry and the Warriors will practice Monday to prepare for Game 2. The Warriors are still without second-year guard Patrick McCaw (back), who will be re-evaluated in early May and is still walking gingerly. But at least with Curry back, the Warriors’ starting five would be at full strength at the most important time of the season. “It’s exciting for him to get back to the place that he enjoys the most, which is playing basketball,” Durant said. “I’m excited as his brother that he’s out there. We’ll see what happens next game.”

Carter, who was given a Flagrant-1 foul, knelt nearby as medical personnel from both teams along with Warriors coach Steve Kerr rushed out to the baseline beneath Golden State’s basket. “Vince is not that type of guy, he’s never been that type of guy,” Golden State’s Draymond Green said. “Freak accidents, things happen. A guy jumps and he didn’t touch him much if you’re as high as you can jump you lose your balance easier. I know that was tough on Vince.”

McCaw landed on his lower back/tailbone area with a loud, distressful thud and immediately squirmed around in excruciating pain as the arena fell silent. A furious Steve Kerr rumbled up the sidelines, upset at the possibility that a wily, well-respected NBA vet may have just altered the career of a second-year guard months away from restricted free agency. “God damnit!” Kerr yelled toward the referee. “I’m not mad at you. I’m mad at Vince. He knows better.”
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