OAKLAND -- Wait, which one's the creaky and exhausted team in this second-round showdown?

Over in San Antonio, the old codger Spurs are rested, fresh and as healthy as they've been in months.

And the young go-go Warriors are ... go-going rather gingerly, right now.

Yes, a day after finishing off Denver, that was Stephen Curry limping in super-slow motion from the locker room to a media session at Warriors HQ.

"Feel great," Curry said with a smile Friday after his arduous 50-yard journey. "I'm glad we clinched this series so we can get some rest before Monday."

Some of it was for dramatic effect, I think, since we know the Warriors love their melodrama (see: David Lee comeback, Game 6).

Denver Nuggets’ JaVale McGee (34) dives for a loose ball against Golden State Warriors’ Carl Landry (7) and Golden State Warriors’
Denver Nuggets' JaVale McGee (34) dives for a loose ball against Golden State Warriors' Carl Landry (7) and Golden State Warriors' Stephen Curry (30) in the first quarter for Game 6 of their first-round NBA basketball playoff series on Thursday, May 2, 2013 in Oakland, Calif. (Doug Duran/Bay Area News Group)

But Curry wasn't making up the authentic bruises and sprains that the Warriors carry as accidental trophies from the Denver dust-up.

The Warriors go into Monday's Game 1 at San Antonio only days after center Andrew Bogut needed an injection for his right ankle to get through Game 6, Curry needed two for his left ankle during the series, and who knows what's up with Lee's hip.

Meanwhile, the Spurs finished off their sweep of the Lakers last Sunday, which will give them a full week of rest before facing the Warriors.

The Spurs also challenge the Warriors in many more facets than Denver did -- they shoot better and run a much better half-court offense -- and when the Spurs are fresh, they're dangerous in every category.


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So this series will be about X's, O's and also Zzzzs at some point.

But the Warriors survived the aches and sprains through six wild games already; why not more?

"Matter of fact, the way Steph and Bogut played," coach Mark Jackson said, joking about their injections, "I'm thinking about getting one just to get one."

If it gets any worse, this series will be about attrition at some point; but the Warriors go into this series with plenty of earned swagger, anyway.

The Spurs are bigger and more disciplined than Denver but not unbeatable, of course, especially the longer this series goes.

"Our expectation has grown as we've gone through this playoff run," Curry said.

"Now we have the opportunity to set our sights on the Spurs, and we feel like we have a good shot to beat them through the course of a series and get to the next stage."

Hey, the Warriors clinched a series while committing an astonishing six turnovers in the last 1:37 on Thursday. What's to lose now?

Of course, the Warriors have lost their last 29 games in San Antonio, dating to the pre-Tim Duncan days.

Only part of that is on the current Warriors team, of course. But simple math says the Warriors must beat the Spurs in San Antonio at least once in this series.

Golden State Warriors’ Andrew Bogut (12) dunks the ball against the Denver Nuggets in the second quarter of Game 6 of their first-round NBA
Golden State Warriors' Andrew Bogut (12) dunks the ball against the Denver Nuggets in the second quarter of Game 6 of their first-round NBA basketball playoff series on Thursday, May 2, 2013, in Oakland, Calif. (Jose Carlos Fajardo/Bay Area News Group)

The Spurs' sweep gave Duncan more downtime and point guard Tony Parker and wing Manu Ginobili extra time to rest their assorted injuries.

Those three give the Spurs an edge on the Warriors that Denver did not have -- at any point, either of those three can take over a game, and any of the trio could dominate the series.

In the Denver matchup, the Warriors always knew that Curry -- hobbled or not -- was the best player in the series, and if he took over for a stretch of any game, they probably would win.

The Warriors' biggest counter-weapon is Bogut, coming off the game of his life and the series the Warriors dreamed he could provide when they acquired him last season.

The Warriors are counting on momentum, and hoping the soreness goes away. The Spurs have the experience and the rest, and are hoping they can put away the Warriors quickly.

Because the longer this series goes, the wilder it can get, and the Warriors love the wildness. It helps them forget the pain.

Read Tim Kawakami's Talking Points blog at blogs.mercurynews.com/kawakami. Contact him at tkawakami@mercurynews.com.