Indiana Pacers vs. Golden State Warriors, 3-27-2018 - Expert Prediction

Steve Kerr Kevin Durant

Kerr has major confidence in his team and rightfully so as they're still a very risky team with Curry out.

Warriors: Host Indiana on Tuesday looking for a fifth straight win against the Pacers. Warriors teammate Kevin Durant missed 19 games last season with the same injury.

Warriors, the defending National Basketball Association champions, have been dealing with a plethora of injuries ahead of the postseason.

The Pacers have won two in a row, the most recent a 113-107 overtime victory Sunday over the Miami Heat that allowed in to clinch its seventh postseason appearance in the last eight years.

Golden State's net rating drops from 14.7 when Curry is on the floor to 4.3 when Curry sits on the bench, per .

That latter late-season rarity isn't as bad as it sounds.

Kerr reminded there is still rehabilitation and court work to be done before simply throwing Curry back into some of the most intense minutes against a teams that are foaming at the mouth to take a bite out of the Warriors' playoff dominance. Then again, they thought they'd have him Sunday, only to have him call in sick with flu-like symptoms.

The West is far from settled, so while the Jazz could be the No. 7 seed and match up with Golden State, the Minnesota Timberwolves, New Orleans Pelicans and San Antonio Spurs are also within that range.

Try as the ailing star might have on Sunday to put a positive spin on the matter, when he shared his plan to prove Steve Kerr wrong after the Warriors coach announced that the two-time MVP would miss the first round of the playoffs with the Grade 2 MCL sprain in his left knee, this is as ugly as it get for a defending champion.

"There's no way he's playing in the first round", Kerr told reporters.

"We're not going to bring him back until he's ready", Kerr declared Monday. It's a similar injury to the one he suffered against the Rockets in the 2016 playoffs that cost him four games. However, the Pelicans won't be able to score as much as the Warriors, so Curry could rest the first round if Golden State chooses to do so. Because of injuries and illness to their fearsome foursome, the Warriors were forced to go with a starting lineup of Quinn Cook, Nick Young, Patrick McCaw, Kevon Looney and JaVale McGee. And that's really all I'm focused on right now. We didn't have to depend or have help from another team in getting there.

IN also will face Sacramento, the Los Angeles Clippers and Denver on its eight-day trip before returning home for the rematch with Golden State next Thursday. Durant (ribs), Klay Thompson (hand) and Draymond Green (pelvic contusion) also are unavailable for the Warriors, but the team expects them back relatively soon.

Related news:

Hot News

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Trump names hawk Bolton as national security adviser
Mar 28, 2018 - 01:21
While the views of the president and his top advisers should be in alignment, the national security adviser has a special role. Bolton , a former US ambassador to the United Nations , advocates regime change in Iran and is opposed to the nuclear deal.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Willian, Gabriel Jesus start for Brazil in Germany
Mar 28, 2018 - 01:21
Tite , however, admitted he was under no illusions that Germany are among the favourites to lift the World Cup . This is Brazil's first chance to address that 7-1 defeat, their first opportunity for some sort of catharsis.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Kylie Jenner pulls down dressing gown for bare asset exposure
Mar 28, 2018 - 01:20
All in all, it's not too bad to be a new mom-at least if you are a famous celebrity with plenty of moolah at your disposal. Let's get checking out a bunch of times Kylie Jenner proved she was the Queen of selfies.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top NY to lead suit challenging citizenship question
Mar 28, 2018 - 01:13
Census data helps the U.S. government calculate funding distribution and draw up districts for state and local elections. Governor Andrew Cuomo says the "reckless" census question will " undermine the accuracy and legitimacy of Census data".

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Samsung Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9+ 128GB Variants Now Available in India
Mar 28, 2018 - 01:11
The new Samsung J7 Prime 2 is revealed in black color but it is expected to come in champagne gold as well. Samsung's India website shows a price of INR 13,990 (~US$215) for the new phone, but it is now "sold out".

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Murder of elderly woman in Paris probed as anti-Semitic
Mar 28, 2018 - 01:11
Her son Alain Knoll told the broadcaster that she had lived all her life in the eastern 11th arrondissement (district) of Paris . But she adds that there's still "much more that needs to be done" to ensure the safety and security of Jewish people.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Chelsea legend Zola: Club must stick with 'asset' Conte
Mar 27, 2018 - 17:50
In recent big games, Conte has opted to use Hazard in a "false nine" role rather than his preferred position on the left wing. Belgium only have one friendly planned this break, against Saudi Arabia, but the Chelsea goalkeeper won't be taking part.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top From Australia to the United Kingdom , in 17 Hours (and 2 Minutes)
Mar 27, 2018 - 17:28
We like to use our own experience but then work with Neil Perry who knows food, beverage and service like no other. The Western Australia government is hoping the new route will open up more tourism to the west of the country.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Mexico official: Iowa family died from water heater gas leak
Mar 27, 2018 - 17:25
In fact, the Sharps' relatives hadn't heard anything from Kevin or Amy since the day they arrived in Mexico. The Sharp family, from Creston, Iowa , was vacationing in Mexico and killed by toxic gas.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Anthony Joshua v Joseph Parker
Mar 27, 2018 - 17:24
You have a cool, calm, and collected, unbeaten WBO champion, who is genuinely relaxed and sleeping at night. Higgins believed all was not running so smoothly for Joshua and his camp.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Out-of-control Chinese space station set to crash land on earth
Mar 27, 2018 - 17:22
Granted, the Mir went through a controlled re-entry over the South Pacific, while no one knows where Tiangong-1 will wind up. A number of states are likely in the path of an out-of-control Chinese space station headed toward Earth.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top USA actively engaged with China on trade dispute, Navarro says
Mar 27, 2018 - 17:19
ASIA'S DAY: Japan's benchmark Nikkei 225 gained 2.7 percent to finish at 21,317.32 as a weaker yen also boosted buying sentiment. President Trump took the first step last week toward putting as much as $60 billion in tariffs on products imported from China.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Jeremy Corbyn Criticised By Labour MP For Appearing To Defend Anti-Semitic Painting
Mar 26, 2018 - 01:53
In recent weeks, pictures blaming the Jews for the Salisbury attacks have been circulating on Labour party forums and elsewhere. Another said: "This is anti-Semitic imagery which wouldn't be out of place in Der Sturmer".

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top ICC WC Qualifiers: Windies aim to settle scores with Afghanistan in final
Mar 26, 2018 - 01:51
I think we lost matches in the tournament not because of them but because of change in captaincy due to my absence. The ten team tournament has gained criticism due to the lack of Associate teams in the tournament.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Salah to land new bumper deal to end Madrid pursuit
Mar 26, 2018 - 01:45
Salah has enjoyed a sensational first season at Anfield and is the Premier League's top goalscorer with 28 goals and nine assists. The Reds were 5-0 winners against Portuguese outfit FC Porto in the Champions League round of 16.