OAKLAND -- The Warriors' Stephen Curry will guard Cleveland leading scorer Kyrie Irving on Friday while Klay Thompson is unavailable to play while attending his grandfather's funeral and Harrison Barnes enters the lineup.

To Warriors coach Mark Jackson, that defensive assignment shows it's untrue the team hides Curry on defense as Los Angeles Clippers coach Doc Rivers implied Golden State tends to do.

"Contrary to what Doc Rivers' comments, it's not because I'm hiding Stephen Curry," Jackson said of what would have been his plan to have Thompson guard Irving. "It's just the smart thing to do as a coach. Take that, Doc.

"He said he doesn't hide Chris Paul, so nice subliminal shot."

Cleveland Cavaliers guard Kyrie Irving, left, battles for a loose ball against Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry during the first half of an NBA
Cleveland Cavaliers guard Kyrie Irving, left, battles for a loose ball against Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry during the first half of an NBA basketball game on March 14, 2014, in Oakland. (Marcio Jose Sanchez/AP)

Jackson in highlighting how Thompson's defense would be missed as much as his shooting explained that Curry at times not guarding the opposing team's point guard wasn't a matter of hiding defensive deficiencies. He noted that in recent games Curry has guarded offensive weapons such as Phoenix's Goran Dragic and Portland's Damian Lillard.

Rivers before Wednesday's game against the Warriors spoke of Andre Iguodala guarding the opponent's best guard in order for them to take pressure off Curry. He then emphasized how Clippers point guard Chris Paul would the one guarding Curry.

"Chris guards everybody," Rivers said. "We don't hide Chris."