Plane issues complicate Warriors’ path to NYC for Curry’s 3-point shot

The Warriors planned to wake up Tuesday in New York City ahead of a 7:30 p.m. ET game at Madison Square Garden.

Instead, they awoke in Indianapolis, likely earlier than planned, to catch a 10 a.m. flight to NYC. The plane that was set to make the trek Monday night had mechanical issues and efforts to find a replacement failed, The Athletic first reported.

What awaits them in Manhattan? Just a bit of NBA history. Steph Curry finished Monday night’s game vs. the Pacers one 3-pointer shy of Ray Allen’s NBA record (2,973). Two buckets from behind the arc will make Curry the all-time leader in 3-pointers made.

Draymond Green shared his frustration with the overnight stay on Twitter: “Guess I should try to drink a bunch of water tonight. Some electrolytes will help. And not sleep”

In the morning, the Warriors apparently sat through another delay before taking off just after 10:30 a.m. They’re likely to land in New York around 12:30 local time, seven hours before tip-off.

The NBA’s collective bargaining agreement with the players’ association bars the league from requiring a team to play after traveling across at least two time zones on the day of a game. But even though it is a two-hour flight from Indianapolis to New York, they are within the same time zone, so any postponement would be at the league’s discretion and there are no signs yet that the NBA is moving in that direction.

Steve Kerr joked after Monday’s win that he planned to rest Curry vs. the Knicks, but the mechanical issues could force him to consider giving a night off to a veteran player or two. Still, it seems unlikely that Curry would forfeit the chance to take over the record in New York, leaving the question over the Warriors’ heads through the week.

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