Klay Thompson

Warriors taking extra cautious approach with Curry, Thompson


Warriors taking extra cautious approach with Curry, Thompson

OAKLAND -- Stephen Curry feels good enough to return to the court this weekend, barely a week after leaving the Warriors’ lineup upon tweaking his right ankle. The Warriors are holding him out, and they have their reasons.

They’re working on much more than Curry’s ankle.

“We’re trying to build up the strength as best we can around the ankle,” coach Steve Kerr said Wednesday, shortly before tipoff against the Lakers. “The training staff felt an extra week or 10 days of intense rehabilitation will put him in a much better position to play through the rest of the year with less risk of spraining the ankle again.”

It’s a strategy Curry, who turned 30 on Wednesday, has accepted, though somewhat grudgingly.

“Selfishly, I was always keying in on tonight, just because it was a big day. You only turn 30 once,” he said earlier Wednesday. “But you have to keep a big-picture perspective. I understood the thought process around not just how my ankle feels today versus next Wednesday, versus next Friday or whatever, but the things I need to do, rehab-wise, to strengthen with my core and everything that protects your ankle, so that when I do come back, I’m ready.”

The goal is for Curry to have eight or so games before the playoffs. He will be reevaluated next Tuesday, after which a timeline may be established.

Klay Thompson, out with a fracture in his right thumb, also is scheduled for reevaluation next week, two days after Curry. The Warriors are hopeful of getting him back the first week of April. The playoffs begin April 14.

“I actually look at this, long-term, as a positive,” Kerr said, pointing out that Thompson has missed 13 games in his career. “The guy’s a machine. Even without the thumb, we were considering giving him a game or two off down the stretch. He’s looked a little more spent recently. So I look at this as a positive.”

Sources: Klay to miss at least the next four games


Sources: Klay to miss at least the next four games

OAKLAND -- Add Klay Thompson to the list of All-Stars unavailable to the Warriors when they face the Lakers Wednesday night.

And like his backcourt mate Stephen Curry, Thompson will be out of the lineup for at least another full week and probably longer, multiple sources confirmed to NBC Sports Bay Area.

Though the Warriors are calling it a right thumb sprain, an ESPN report referred to it a fracture. In either case, Thompson is sidelined by an injury sustained in the fourth quarter of a loss to the Timberwolves on Sunday in Minnesota.

Thompson, the team’s No. 3 scorer at 19.7 points per game, is scheduled to undergo reevaluation on March 22.

Curry, out since tweaking his right ankle last Thursday, is scheduled to be reevaluated on March 20.

Draymond Green, who has spent the season playing through discomfort in his right shoulder, will not play against the Lakers and is day-to-day after that. He likely will miss a few more games over the final four weeks of the season.

Record book awaits Splash Brothers from beyond the arc


Record book awaits Splash Brothers from beyond the arc

The Warriors conclude their three-game East Coast road trip Friday night in Atlanta, where they will face the swooning Hawks at Philips Arena.

Coverage on NBC Sports Bay Area begins at 3:30, with tipoff scheduled for 4:35.

After winning their last four games by an average of 15.3 points, the Warriors (48-14) are granting their first “rest night” since the All-Star break. It goes to veteran guard Shaun Livingston.

After 12 years in the Warriors’ front office, Travis Schlenk is in his first season as Hawks general manager. He is rebuilding mode, as Atlanta (19-43) will enter the offseason with three first-round draft picks and the sixth-lowest payroll in the NBA.


Warriors by 13


Stephen Curry vs. Dennis Schroeder: Curry is a two-time MVP and Schroeder is Atlanta’s best player and leading scorer (19.3 ppg, 29 games with at least 20 points). Schroeder also is one of the league’s scrappier defenders. He’ll try to annoy Curry and things could get interesting if he succeeds. If Curry is locked in, it won’t matter.


Warriors: G Shaun Livingston (rest) and G Pat McCaw (L wrist fracture) are listed as out.

Hawks: F DeAndre Bembry (abdominal strain) and G Antonius Cleveland (L ankle rehab) are listed as out.


Warriors: 7-3.

Hawks: 4-6.


Sean Wright (crew chief), Courtney Kirkland, Brett Nansel


This is the first of two meetings between the teams this season. The Warriors swept two games last season, are 5-1 against the Hawks in the Steve Kerr era and have won 10 of the last 11 overall.


STEPH/KLAY 200: Curry needs one 3-pointer to reach 200 this season and become the first player to post six seasons with at least 200 triples. With five such seasons, he is tied with Ray Allen and teammate Klay Thompson. Thompson needs six triples to reach 200 and join his teammate in the record book.

THE GIFTS: The Hawks don’t do many things well, but they specialize in forcing turnovers. They lead the NBA, their opponents averaging 16.0 per game, leading to 18.6 Atlanta points. The Warriors go through spells when they are sloppy with the ball. Doing so in this game would give life to an inferior team.

COOK GETS A LOOK: With McCaw out, two-way PG Quinn Cook rejoined the Warriors after the All-Star break but has played a total of 18 minutes. With Livingston out, Cook is assured of playing and could get some extended run.