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CLEVELAND – Warriors guard Stephen Curry is expected to play in Game 6 of the NBA Finals in a potential championship clincher after recovering from dehydration, a team spokesman said Monday.
Curry traveled with the team to Cleveland and did not receive additional treatment for dehydration after taking in fluids to address lightheadedness following the Warriors’ win in Game 5 against the Cavaliers on Sunday.
Curry after scoring 37 points and conducting a press conference returned to the locker room for treatment after the game.
CLEVELAND — Warriors forward Andre Iguodala replaced struggling center Andrew Bogut in the starting lineup for Game 4 of the NBA Finals against the Cleveland Cavaliers.
Warriors coach Steve Kerr had indicated less than two hours before tipoff the lineup would not change.
But Iguodala made his first start of the season for the Warriors after he accepted a bench role under coach Steve Kerr. He had started every game of his 10-year NBA career until this season.
Bogut averaged 3.3 points and 7.7 rebounds in the first three games of the series.
Mychal Thompson, the father of Warriors guard Klay Thompson, thinks Stephen Curry was off on his shot and it wasn’t the Cleveland Cavaliers’ Matthew Dellavedova who stopped the MVP.
“Dellavedova, he couldn’t stop Steph if Steph was asleep,” Mychal Thompson said on the ESPN LA radio show he co-hosts on Thursday before Game 4. “Steph is that good of an offensive player, that great of a shooter, that great of a ball-handler.
“So giving him credit for stopping Steph Curry, people who are doing that don’t understand that Steph Curry is one of those kind of guys – Kevin Durant, Kobe (Bryant) when Kobe was in his prime. There’s nothing you can do with guys like that. They’re going to score. You’re just trying to make things as difficult as possible for him. And Dellavedova’s scrapping, and he’s hustling. I give him credit for that. And he’s trying his little heart out. But no, come on. That’s a joke to think he can stop Steph Curry.”
After Dellavedova took over for Kyrie Irving in the starting lineup, Curry in Game 2 had the worst playoff shooting performance of his career before bouncing back in the fourth quarter of a Game 3 loss.
According to SportVU, Curry was 0 for 7 from the field while being defended by Dellavedova in Game 2. In Game 3, Curry was 3 for 9 from the field going up against Dellavedova, missing each of his six 2-point attempts.
“He’s a scrappy guy, man,” Mychal Thompson said of Dellavedova, the undrafted Saint Mary’s product who has turned into a sensation in the Finals.
“The way he’s playing Steph, he’s being physical. He’s grabbing, clutching. He’s just going after guys’ knees and stuff. Did you see him go after Draymond (Green’s) knees the other night, by the way? The league sort of didn’t notice that.”
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CLEVELAND – Warriors guard Klay Thompson said he was kneed in the thigh in Game 2 of the NBA Finals, but he will play against the Cleveland Cavaliers in Game 3 on Tuesday.
“It’s just a charley horse,” said Thompson, who scored a team-high 34 points Sunday.
Thompson did not appear on the Warriors’ injury report released Monday before WKYC-TV reported he had a “noticeable limp” getting off the team bus after the team arrived in Cleveland.
A team spokesman said Monday after the report that Thompson was getting regular icing on his leg. Thompson before Game 3 downplayed the notion he was limping.
“As far as I know, everything’s fine,” Warriors coach Steve Kerr said.
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