It looks like Golden State will live or die with Jarrett Jack in Game 4 against the San Antonio Spurs. The Warriors trail San Antonio 45-37 at the half, a deficit they'll gladly take considering the 11 first-half turnovers and questionable defense.
1. Who is healthier, Stephen Curry or Tony Parker?
Curry scored six early points but appears to be in bigger trouble as a result of his tender ankle. He's not forcing as many off-balanced shots due to the limited motion, which isn't exactly good news for San Antonio, as he's found more catch-and-shoot or lull-you-to-sleep types of set shots.
Those easier shots benefited Curry early on, but he's been inconsistent after hitting a pair of early shots.
Parker, meanwhile, is looking less like a liability but he's also not bringing much extra to the Spurs. He's 1 of 6 for six points in the first half. It's easier to imagine Tony finding his rhythm in the second half than Steph, but neither player looks 100 percent.
2. Can the Spurs replicate their defensive performance from Game 3?
Perhaps Curry's playmaking is more important than his scoring. Alright, so it's his scoring ability that really helps out his passing game, but Golden State hasn't opened up many opportunities in the first half. Thompson and Curry scored 10 of the first 11 points for Golden State, but didn't score again after the first three minutes of the game.
San Antonio didn't shoot well either, but the Spurs' 38 percent looks pristine next to the Golden State's 30 percent figure. The Spurs have also done enough to force 11 cough-ups by Golden State. With a hobbled Curry, it's clear Golden State can't pressure defenses in the same way.
3. Can Golden State's fans hold up their end?
ORACLE Arena is loud as usual, but there's still a relative tinge of the apprehension that first popped up in the second half of Game 3. An ugly offensive half by the Warriors has the fans just waiting to explode, but there haven't been many highlight reel plays or momentum swings that have elicited the crowd to blow the roof off the building.
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