OAKLAND -- Now that the Warriors have gone through a full-squad scrimmage for the first time in three weeks, there is only one issue to be resolved before they get back to the business of the playoffs.
Whom to play? And when?
As of Friday afternoon, the Warriors had no idea of either.
They will face the winner of the Clippers-Jazz first-round series, in which Utah took a 3-2 lead into Game 6 Friday night in Salt Lake City.
"Why are we talking about Utah like the Clippers are done?" Draymond Green wondered after fielding several Jazz-related questions after scrimmaging.
Well, because the Jazz won Games 4 and 5 and is favored to win Game 6 at home. If they win, they'll come into Oracle Arena Sunday afternoon to meet the Warriors in Game 1 of the Western Conference semifinals.
If the Clippers win Game 6 to even the series, those teams will meet for Game 7 Sunday in Los Angeles, with the winner advancing to face the Warriors in Game 1 of the conference semifinals next Tuesday night in Oakland.
In any case, the Warriors appear about as healthy has they have been at any time since February.
Veteran guard Shaun Livingston, out with a finger/hand injury since Game 1 (April 16) of the first-round series against Portland, participated in the scrimmage, as did veteran forward Matt Barnes, who last played on April 8, when he sustained a bone bruise atop his right foot.
"They practiced today and they even went through the scrimmage," acting head coach Mike Brown said. "But we'll wait for our training staff to clear them, after they see how they feel today and (Saturday)."
In short, if swelling is minimal, both will be available for Game 1, regardless of when.
So, too, will Kevin Durant. After a strained left calf kept him out of Games 2 and 3 against the Trail Blazers, he started and played 20 minutes in decisive Game 4 without any ill effects.
Nothing changed during the scrimmage Friday.
"It felt great out there," he said. "Nothing bothered me. It was definitely good. I'm just trying to hopefully put that injury stuff behind."
Durant conceded that he continues to receive treatment and ice, but mostly to minimize potential swelling.