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Warriors, Spurs suddenly in different roles heading into pivotal Game 3 in Oakland

  • Golden State Warriors' Stephen Curry celebrates a basket near the end of Game 2 of the Western Conference semifinal NBA basketball playoff series against the San Antonio Spurs, Wednesday, May 8, 2013, in San Antonio. Golden State won 100-91.(AP Photo/Darren Abate)

    Golden State Warriors' Stephen Curry celebrates a basket near the end of Game 2 of the Western Conference semifinal NBA basketball playoff series against the San Antonio Spurs, Wednesday, May 8, 2013, in San Antonio. Golden State won 100-91.(AP Photo/Darren Abate)  (The Associated Press)

  • San Antonio Spurs' Tim Duncan reacts against the Golden State Warriors during the second half in Game 2 of a Western Conference semifinal NBA basketball playoff series, Wednesday, May 8, 2013, in San Antonio. Golden State won 100-91.(AP Photo/Eric Gay)

    San Antonio Spurs' Tim Duncan reacts against the Golden State Warriors during the second half in Game 2 of a Western Conference semifinal NBA basketball playoff series, Wednesday, May 8, 2013, in San Antonio. Golden State won 100-91.(AP Photo/Eric Gay)  (The Associated Press)

  • Golden State Warriors' Stephen Curry, left, celebrates with teammate Draymond Green at the end of Game 2 of the Western Conference semifinal NBA basketball playoff series against the San Antonio Spurs, Wednesday, May 8, 2013, in San Antonio. Golden State won 100-91.(AP Photo/Darren Abate)

    Golden State Warriors' Stephen Curry, left, celebrates with teammate Draymond Green at the end of Game 2 of the Western Conference semifinal NBA basketball playoff series against the San Antonio Spurs, Wednesday, May 8, 2013, in San Antonio. Golden State won 100-91.(AP Photo/Darren Abate)  (The Associated Press)

The confident aura emanating from the Golden State Warriors right now might be the only thing brighter than those yellow shirts every home fan is expected to be wearing again for Game 3 against the San Antonio Spurs on Friday night at ear-piercing Oracle Arena.

The Warriors have outshot, outrebounded and outhustled the Spurs through the first two games of their Western Conference semifinal. And if not for an unprecedented collapse in Game 1, Golden State would be returning to the Bay Area with a 2-0 lead in the best-of-seven series instead of being tied.

Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson and the hot-shooting Warriors have left the second-seeded Spurs searching for answers. And while there's still a long way to go, sixth-seeded Golden State is no long acting like an underdog.