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Game 3 is upon us with the series shifting back to Oracle Arena tonight, where the Nuggets and Warriors will battle it out for the right to be halfway towards advancing to the second round. Warriors bloggers Steve Berman (Bay Area Sports Guy), Adam Lauridsen (Fast Break), Ethan Sherwood Strauss (WarriorsWorld & ESPN.com) and Ben Cruz (Bleacher Report) give their take on how the teams will be affected by the change of scenery, as well as what to expect from the remainder of the series.

Other than the venue, how will the series change when it shifts to Oracle Arena?

Steve Berman | Bay Area Sports Guy | @BASportsGuy
The Warriors should get an energy burst from the pregame noise, no doubt. But the Nuggets won't worry about impressing the Oracle crowd and they'll play with a sense or urgency we haven't seen yet. They'd better, anyway.

This could come down to the ankles of Kenneth Faried and Stephen Curry. Whose ankle is closer to 100% for Game 3?

I'm curious about how the fans will react to playoff basketball. It'll be bedlam early, but what if the Nuggets jump out to an early lead? Regardless, I'm also contemplating buying earplugs for this game, something I've never done before in my life for any game or concert. With all the talk about how Oracle Arena fans are the best, some fans are going to ruin their vocal cords in an effort to prove that theory correct.

Adam Lauridsen | Fast Break | @GSWFastBreak
Whatever impact the altitude had on the Warriors' stamina will be negated. But given how comfortable and active the Warriors looked in Game 2, I don't expect there to be a noticeable difference. If anything, concern over the altitude led Jackson to give his key guys more breaks than he would at sea level -- a trend that might serve them well continuing through the series, particularly as the games grow closer together (only one day between games 3, 4, 5, 6 and 7). Also, the Nuggets fans won't be able to boo their own team -- as they did several times during Game 2.

Ethan Sherwood Strauss | WarriorsWorld | @SherwoodStrauss
The Nuggets will adjust to Harrison Barnes at power forward, and their pick and roll coverage will probably improve. Stephen Curry often shoots poorly when coming off an ankle sprain, so that's another concern going into Friday. Those are the negatives. On the plus side, GSW can practice their new four-out system a bit between now and then, and get Barnes more comfortable in his new role.

Ben Cruz | Bleacher Report | @cruzkontrol
The series changes now with the uncertainty of Steph Curry's ankle. The Warriors stood tall in Game 2 without their All-Star, David Lee, but if Curry's ankle can't hold up for the rest of this series, that spells trouble for Golden State.

And of course, the Oracle Arena crowd should play a huge factor given how playoff-hungry the fans in the Bay Area have been since 2007.

There have been plenty of requests for "We Believe 2." Let's see if the Warriors can deliver that sequel.

Rich Twu | Golden State of Mind | @poormanscommish
Oracle is a place like none other. Denver may get one, but it's only getting one. Max.

The health of the ankles of Stephen Curry and Kenneth Faried could go a long way in determining which team takes control of the series. (photo: Garrett Ellwood/NBAE/Getty)

Overall thoughts on the series?

Steve Berman | Bay Area Sports Guy | @BASportsGuy
Game 1 had the drama. Game 2 had the beauty. I was pleasantly surprised by how the Warriors came out in Game 1, yet worried about how the David Lee injury might derail their hopes for an upset. The Warriors emphatically deflected those concerns with an offensive display for the ages.

This series is going to tighten up. However, the Warriors don't just have the best player. They don't just have the best shooters. They have the best enforcer, as well. If they can play to those strengths and continue moving the ball as crisply and unselfishly as they did in Game 2, the Warriors could surprise some people (including yours truly).

Adam Lauridsen | Fast Break | @GSWFastBreak
Two main takeaways after two games. First, I think we saw this relatively young Warriors team mature before our eyes between Saturday and Tuesday. To undergo the disappointment of a close loss, the shock of Lee's injury and the indignity of being written off by nearly everyone, then return with a historically dominant performance, shows a new level of mental toughness from this team. Still lots of room for improvement, of course, but I was impressed. Second, playoff basketball is a different beast. Oft-repeated, but totally true. It's more competitive (look at the lead swings in Game 1), more physical and ultimately more entertaining. We have the makings of a fantastic series. I can't wait to see what happens next.

Ethan Sherwood Strauss | WarriorsWorld | @SherwoodStrauss
It's super fun.

Ben Cruz | Bleacher Report | @cruzkontrol
The Warriors have proved in the first two games that they are more than capable of keeping up with this deep Nuggets team. Golden State hasn't looked overmatched at all and this series is becoming (as many predicted) one of the best first-round match ups thus far.

The question now remains whether the Warriors can keep up this high level of play and win three more games with their team not being as deep as when they entered the postseason.

Rich Twu | Golden State of Mind | @poormanscommish
Obviously the tide has shifted, but it remains to be seen what adjustments can be made by either side, based on this sort of new set of known quantities (no David Lee, a less-than-100% Kenneth Faried). The real question is, can the Warriors young rising stars continue to rise, now that they've effectively pushed their ceiling higher? It was never a question of "if". It was a question of "when". Was Game 2 a flash in the pan? I tend to think not, especially behind the guidance of Mark Jackson.

Stay tuned for more from this 'Bloggers Roundtable' throughout the postseason, and access prior discussions among this group by clicking here.


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