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No Curry, no worry as Golden State Warriors cruise to 2-0 lead

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With Kawhi Leonard missing from the Spurs, perhaps for good in the series, the red alert for Iguodala might not flash until the next round or whenever the Warriors feel threatened more than they are now. Perhaps the West finals and against James Harden and the Rockets? That’s the most likely scenario. That’s where this appears to be heading.

Until then, Kerr will keep Iguodala in the starting lineup against the Spurs and get, the Warriors hope, much of what he supplied in the first two games.

“The biggest thing is not being afraid to fail,” Iguodala said. “You try to embrace whatever situation you’re put in. That’s what I try to do. Being a starter, well, it’s good to switch up at times. Sometimes you get complacent in that other role. Whatever they need from me, really, is fine.”

And that role is … point guard? Actually, Iguodala’s strange promotion has more to do with his defensive mindset than his playmaking. Anyway, it’s working and the Warriors are winning and they’re doing it without one of the greatest shooters of all time.

“We’re just doing what we can until he gets back,” said Thompson. “He’s a special player and a big part of what we do, that’s obvious.”

The clock on Curry’s rehabilitation is another week or two, which would coincide with the start of the second round. Well, at this rate, by Sunday night, Curry might be joined by his teammates, who could finish off the Spurs and buy themselves an extended rest.

This series isn’t over, although it looks and feels like it is. This working out well for the Warriors.

No Curry, no worry.

Veteran NBA writer Shaun Powell has worked for newspapers and other publications for more than 25 years. You can e-mail him here, findhis archive here and follow him on Twitter.

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Report: Pau Gasol to join Trail Blazers

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Free agent center Pau Gasol has agreed to a one-year deal with the Portland Trail Blazers, according to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski.

Gasol, 39, who was limited to just 30 games last season because of a variety of injuries, has career averages of 17.0 points and 9.2 rebounds over 17 NBA seasons.



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Report: Furkan Korkmaz returning to 76ers

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Free agent forward Furkan Korkmaz has agreed to a two-year contract to return to the Philadelphia 76ers, according to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski.

Free agent forward Furkan Korkmaz has agreed to a two-year contract to return to the Philadelphia 76ers, agent Mike Lindeman of Excel Sports tells ESPN.

Korkmaz, 21, brings back a rotational forward with the ability to spread the floor with his shooting. The loss of JJ Redick in free agency – and Kyle Korver’s decision to choose Milwaukee over Philadelphia – brought some increased urgency to keep Korkmaz on the Sixers roster.

 The 21-year-old Korkmaz, who was the 26th overall pick in the 2016 NBA Draft, averaged 5.8 points and 2.2 rebounds in 14.1 minutes last season.

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Report: Kevin Love to withdraw from World Cup

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Cavaliers forward Kevin Love is the latest player expected to withdraw from Team USA’s training camp for the FIBA World Cup, according to The Athletic’s Shams Charania.

This news comes just one day after Damian Lillard reportedly withdrew from the World Cup. Love, who played in just 22 games last season because of a shoulder injury, averaged 17.0 points and 10.9 rebounds in 2018-19.

During the previous two weeks, James Harden, Anthony Davis, Eric Gordon, Zion Williamson and CJ McCollum reportedly decided not to compete in the World Cup this year.

Although the guard ranks will be somewhat depleted of NBA stars, Team USA continues to have a deep pool of players available.



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