Ingles' Jazz brace for Curry in NBA

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Andrew Bogut is never surprised by Steph Curry and admits Joe Ingles' Utah will have their hands full if Golden State emerge as their formidable first-round NBA playoff opponents.

Curry, who won a title with Bogut as his playmaking centre in 2015, has averaged 32 points per game across the regular season on 48 per cent shooting, almost single-handedly dragging the Warriors into the new play-in tournament.

He traded shots with Lebron James' Los Angeles Lakers on Thursday (AEST) in a tight 103-100 loss that will see the Warriors play Memphis Grizzlies on Saturday.

The winner of that game will meet the top-seeded Jazz in a best-of-seven series from Monday.

The Jazz led the league with a 52-20 record, Ingles finishing in the top-five for three-point percentage in a career-best season for the Boomers star.

Speaking to AAP at the launch of Hennessy's NBA takeover of Bondi Icebergs - the famous freshwater pools have been drained and replaced by basketball courts - Bogut has high hopes for Ingles but they come with a warning.

"Joe just goes about it quietly but he's had one of the greatest shooting performances and it'd be one of the great stories to see him win a ring," Bogut told AAP.

"But Steph's just being Steph and it's no surprise what he's doing.

"We get used to his greatness, take it for granted.

"It's an open race; the Jazz have been great but I'm sure they don't want to see Golden State in the first round."

It could be a hectic two months for Ingles, with a potential Game 7 of the NBA Finals scheduled for a day before the opening ceremony of Tokyo's Olympic Games.

After near misses at the last Olympics and World Cup - the Boomers finished fourth in equally-gutting circumstances - Ingles has insisted he'll back up even if the Jazz go all the way.

Patty Mills will lead the charge and the addition of Ben Simmons and Matisse Thybulle - who play for Eastern Conference top seeds Philadelphia - would give the Boomers unprecedented options.

But Bogut said Ingles would be the key in Tokyo.

"If he's not firing for us I don't think we have a medal chance," he said.

"We know what Patty and (centre Aron) Baynes bring, but he's that X-factor who can add another level to our game.

"And if Ben and Matisse are there too he'll only become more of a threat."

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