Klay Thompson is returning to the site of his best game as a pro. In Game 2 of the Western Conference semifinals last spring, in a game the Warriors had to have, Thompson put on the performance of his life at the AT&T Center. He had 34 points and 14 rebounds as the Warriors tied the series by winning in San Antonio for the first time since 1997. So Friday should be a welcomed trip down memory lane, right? "It's over," Thompson said. "Gotta put that in the past. Hopefully there's many more to come." Oh, OK. So that's how the Warriors are playing this. They're going with the just-another-game approach. Friday's matchup against the host San Antonio Spurs is merely one of 82. Not a rematch of the playoff clash in May. Not a chance at revenge against the team that ended their dream run by taking the series in six games. "Just two good basketball teams meeting early on in the season," coach Mark Jackson said. Perhaps the relief from Stephen Curry's MRI trumps the excitement of another showdown with the Spurs. It turns out Curry did not sprain his ankle after all. Instead, the exam revealed a bone bruise in his left ankle, which was the initial diagnosis before it was deemed a sprain after Wednesday's game at Minnesota. He is still day-to-day, but the instability that comes with ankle sprains is no longer a concern. Curry didn't practice Thursday. Whether he plays Friday will be determined on game day. Like Thompson, Curry opted for the business-as-usual tone. "Most of the players are the same," he said, "but it's a different year." Maybe the Warriors aren't hyped about another crack at the West power because they're too hyped about the return of Harrison Barnes.
Warriors downplay rematch with Spurs
Oakland Tribune | Nov 8