OAKLAND -- Here are six things you should know about the Warriors:
1: Coach Mark Jackson has no idea if Stephen Curry, who sprained an ankle yet again, can play in Game 4 today. "Once again, we're back to trusting the process, treatment around the clock, seeing how he is (Sunday). Unfortunately, we've become veterans at this."
Curry's status will be a game-time decision, made more difficult by the actual game time — 12:30 p.m. That's seven hours sooner than regular game time, and it means Curry has fewer hours for treatment.
I asked Jackson if Curry's recurring injuries to both ankles — he's needed painkilling injections in the playoffs — will be a career-long problem.
Jackson: "Not a concern at all."
Cohn: "You think he won't continue to sprain his ankles?"
Jackson: "Not a concern. I guarantee you somebody's going to sprain his ankle maybe the rest of the way in the playoffs. Or without a doubt, it will happen next year. It happens in the game of basketball. I don't think it's an issue of Steph Curry."
May we disagree? Curry has ankle problems above and beyond the average NBA player. And the whole thing is just so sad. Here is a potentially great player with a flaw.
2. If Curry cannot start, Jarrett Jack will play point guard. "With Steph Curry or without, we went and got Jarrett Jack for this reason," Jackson said. "So, that's not a concern. Probably in the past, I'd be biting my nails. But we've got a proven guy."
Jackson enumerated Jack's good qualities: "Confidence, edge, competitive, winner, honest guy that knows when he plays great and knows when he plays bad. He owns it. His winning spirit is contagious. We would not be where we are today if it wasn't for Jarrett Jack. So, fasten your seatbelt and enjoy the ride."
You can't exactly say the Warriors are dead with Jack at the point and Curry out of the game. Jack is a fabulous sixth man. He is fiery and intelligent and he makes things happen.
But losing Curry along with David Lee would be overwhelming to the Warriors' chances. And while it's true Jack makes things happen, some of what happens isn't so good.
He sometimes mishandles the ball — a problem in a point guard. He can't guard Tony Parker. On Friday night, his plus-minus was atrocious.
What in the world is this man going on about?
Basketball nerds keep a stat called plus-minus. It shows how your team did with you on the floor. It shows something about you, maybe more about a particular lineup. The Warriors were minus-19 when Jack played on Friday, got outscored by 19 points.
Do you want this man to be your point guard against San Antonio? Can the Warriors make up for the absence of Curry with Jack?
Jack, a clever charming man, said this about taking over for Curry. "No, I've done it many many times. It won't be anything I gotta go in there and read a Phil Jackson Zen book."