Warriors’ Steph Curry, Draymond Green and Andrew Wiggins out vs. Pelicans

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Connor Letourneau

May 14, 2021Updated: May 14, 2021 2:03 p.m.

Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry, right, dribbles as forward Draymond Green (23) screens against the Oklahoma City Thunder’s Luguentz Dort during an NBA basketball game in San Francisco, Thursday, May 6, 2021. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)Jeff Chiu / Associated Press

Stephen Curry (bruised tailbone), Draymond Green (finger sprain) and Andrew Wiggins (knee soreness) will sit out the Warriors’ game Friday night against the Pelicans at Chase Center, a league source confirmed with The Chronicle.

This should come as no big surprise, given that Sunday’s game against the Grizzlies is the one that matters. By beating the Kings on Thursday, Memphis ensured that the regular-season finale against the Warriors will decide the eighth spot in the Western Conference — a notable distinction considering that the eighth-best team in the conference will have two chances to win one game and earn a playoff berth.

The ninth-best team, meanwhile, must win two consecutive games to advance. With Curry, Green and Wiggins tired and banged up, head coach Steve Kerr viewed Friday’s game against the Pelicans as a key opportunity for those three to rest.

Curry and Green sat out practice Thursday, and Wiggins was limited. The Warriors hope the whole trio will be available against the Grizzlies, who are sitting their most important players Friday against the Kings to gear up for Sunday’s nationally televised showdown.

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