Warriors play waiting game 

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  • Stephen Curry (30), Draymond Green (23), Klay Thompson and the rest of the Warriors are enjoying extended time off thanks to their first-round sweep. The Grizzlies and Trail Blazers resume their series with Game 5 tonight and Memphis leading 3-1.
OAKLAND — Even in the midst of one the season’s slowest stretches — thanks to an extended layoff waiting for the winner of Portland Trail Blazers-Memphis Grizzlies series — the Warriors are still finding ways to make history.

Case in point: The Warriors’ current break between its first-round triumph and the Western Conference semifinals home opener will mark the club’s longest playoff wait between rounds in 50 years.

Not to be outdone, the 1963-64 San Francisco Warriors, led by NBA leading scorer Wilt Chamberlain and Coach of the Year Alex Hannum, received a first-round bye after ending the regular season on March 18 before starting the postseason on April 1, a 13-day recess that has been the longest in franchise history. What a difference five decades makes.

The Warriors’ current time off, meanwhile, will last either seven days or nine, depending on the Blazers-Grizzlies series.

Here’s what we do know: Should Memphis win tonight at home or Friday at Portland in Game 6, the Grizzlies will face the Warriors at Oracle on Sunday at 12:30 p.m. If the series extends to seven games, Golden State will host the survivor Tuesday.

In lieu of games in the national spotlight, the Warriors eased back into action Tuesday with their first scrimmage following Saturday’s series-closing win in New Orleans. And after taking Monday’s practice off to take care of personal business, Stephen Curry wasted little time getting back into the flow with his side taking both scrimmage victories.

“If y’all talk to Draymond Green, ask him who won because he was talking a lot of trash,” Curry said of the second scrimmage game. “I know it’s tough for him to be on the losing team, so it was a little different for him. ... It was a good two quarters worth of up and down. We competed hard and we’re having fun ... that’s what this week is about. And keeping our edge as we look forward to the next round.”

Curry, meanwhile, was introduced to a proverbial taste of his team’s own medicine during the scrimmage, courtesy of Andrew Bogut, who reminded the 6-foot-3 guard what potential opposing guards like Damian Lillard or Tony Allen will face at the hands of the 7-foot Aussie.

“I found out of today,” Curry said half-ominously when asked about Bogut’s screens. “I feel bad for the [opposing team] chasing us around, he sacrifices his body well and people remember getting hit by him ... I don’t ever try to shoot from behind him because I can’t see the basket. But as long as I get around him, I usually have a lot of daylight.”

And that wasn’t the only lesson Curry learned from his pick-and-roll partner this week. Bogut reportedly handed out watches from Australia as presents for the entire team at Monday’s practice, but the Warriors’ top gun wasn’t on hand to receive the bling.

Said Curry: “Rule No. 1, don’t miss the day where we’re getting free gifts. I haven’t received mine yet, but hopefully I’ll have a present in my locker or something. ... I saw his Instagram post, he looked like young Bogut.”

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