Western Conference finals preview: A quick look at the Warriors-Mavericks matchup

Madeline Kenney, The Mercury News on

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Porter seems like the most likely candidate to be cleared to play after soreness in his right foot sidelined him for the last game in a half. Kerr said Sunday that he’s “hopeful” Porter will be available for Game 1 on Wednesday.

Meanwhile, the status of Payton (right elbow fracture) and Iguodala (neck injury) remains big question marks.

Kerr hinted Payton could make a return at the end of this series, though he called it a “long shot.” Payton and Iguodala are expected to be re-evaluated Thursday, the day between Game 1 and 2.

Home-court advantage: Not only will the Warriors be well-rested after having four days between their series-clinching win Sunday and Game 1 of the Western Conference finals, but they’ll also be opening this series at Chase Center in front of their home crowd.

Golden State went 31-10 this season at home and have yet to lose a playoff game at Chase Center, boasting a pristine 6-0 record through the first two rounds.

Way-too-early prediction: Warriors in six.

Here’s a look at the schedule:

Game 1 at Chase Center: Wednesday, May 18 – 6 p.m. (TNT)


Game 2 at Chase Center: Friday, May 20 – 6 p.m. (TNT)

Game 3 in Dallas: Sunday, May 22 – 6 p.m. (TNT)

Game 4 in Dallas: Tuesday, May 24 – 6 p.m. (TNT)

Game 5 at Chase Center: Thursday, May 26 – 6 p.m. (TNT)*

Game 6 in Dallas: Saturday, May 28 – 6 p.m. (TNT)*

Game 7 at Chase Center: Monday, May 30 – 6 p.m. (TNT)*

*if necessary

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