Warriors notes: Curry's All-Star chances, break plans, etc.

Warriors notes: Curry's All-Star chances, break plans, etc.
February 13, 2013, 6:15 pm
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Stephen Curry will be participating in Saturday night's 3-point contest in Houston. (USA TODAY IMAGES)

Tony Parker and Tim Duncan were each in the Spurs' starting lineup Wednesday night, but that's not a clear indication they'll be available for this weekend's All-Star Game.

Parker, whose knee swelled up during the Spurs' Sunday night win, sat out San Antonio's Monday game in Chicago. Duncan, also battling a sore knee, missed the Spurs' last four games.

Parker and Duncan are each All-Star reserves, and would vacate spots on the 2013 Western Conference All-Star roster if either does not participate in the game scheduled for this Sunday evening in Houston, Texas.

Warriors guard Stephen Curry is on the short list of potential replacements, and head coach Mark Jackson is lobbying for Curry to get the call, should it come.

"I've said all along that Steph Curry should be in the All-Star Game," Jackson reiterated Tuesday. "If someone does not play, I certainly hope that Steph Curry is the next guy.

"It would be another win for the good guys."

Curry, Brooke Lopez, Marc Gasol, Jamal Crawford, Paul Pierce and Deron Williams are among those considered snubs, and Curry's 21 points, 6.6 assists and four rebounds per game put him in prime position.

The honor to coach the All-Star Game is a perk of having the best record in the conference on Jan. 31. Since the rules stipulate you can no longer coach in back-to-back years, Oklahoma City's Scott Brooks is out of the running, leaving none other than Spurs head coach Gregg Popovich as this year's coach of the West.

Popovich showed earlier this season that he is serious about getting his veterans rest, incurring a $250,000 fine for sending Parker, Duncan, Manu Ginobili and Danny Green home while the remaining Spurs faced the Heat in Miami.

If Popovich has any say in it -- and he certainly should as head coach -- there is a chance that two spaces open up on the Western Conference All-Star roster.

Curry will already be in Houston as a competitor in the three-point contest.

Pump the break

Mark Jackson will be heading home to spend time with his family, and he encouraged his team to do the same before turning their focus to the second half.

"Celebrating them, letting them know how much I love and appreciate them, and miss them," Jackson said.

The team will practice Monday night in Utah before starting the sprint for the playoffs Tuesday against the Jazz. Players will have the option to congregate in Oakland and leave with the team like a normal road trip, or just show up in Utah.

Depth chart action

Mark Jackson has called Kent Bazemore the team's fourth point guard, but lately he's been used before would-be, third-string ball handler Charles Jenkins.

"He plays with an edge," Jackson said of Bazemore. "He's confident. He's always in attack mode. Very good defender. I just think right now he's playing with a lot of confidence.

"And Charles, right now it seems like he's trying to find himself again. He's a little bit tentative at times."

The distribution of playing time was amplified with Jarrett Jack out, but it will be interesting to see who Jackson calls on first during the second half of the season.

Short-sleeved and feeling it

I have a suspicion Mark Jackson wears his new sleeved jersey around the house. He was asked about it Tuesday and reacted strongly.

"Man, those uniforms are nice!"

Jackson admitted to running around in the new jerseys during their unveiling ceremony Monday, and appears to be in clear favor of the new look.

[RELATED: Warriors to debut short-sleeved adidas jerseys Feb. 22]

"It'll be interesting," Jackson continued, foreseeing a catch-22. "Guys making shots, it'll be because of the sleeves and guys will be missing shots because of the sleeves. It's going to be a lose-lose situation."

Rockets head coach Kevin McHale had a different take on the jerseys. After he claimed to have missed the news altogether, he twisted his face and said, "Sleeved jerseys? Alright..."

'Linsanity' all but dead

McHale also made some interesting comments about the player his team rewarded with a three-year, $25.12 million contract this offseason, claiming Jeremy Lin is not the player that scored 38 points against the Lakers last season with the Knicks.

"Jeremy's not that guy," McHale said. "Jeremy is not 'Linsanity.' Jeremy Lin is a very good NBA basketball player, a young guys who's learning all the time."