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Addressing ankle, Curry will change shoes

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Addressing ankle, Curry will change shoes

Warriors point guard Stephen Curry has had a troublesomeright ankle for more than a year now. He tweaked it most recentlyagainst Chicago on Monday and sat out the next game against New York.On Thursday he said on Twitter Thanks to NikeBasketball for helping me out with the shoe game. Going to get that anklestrong and 100 percent.Heres Curry from after practice on Friday, talking aboutchanging his shoes and using a different taping technique, among otherankle-related subjects:Question: Can you elaborate on ThursdaysTweet?Stephen Curry: I took a day trip toPortland yesterday to get in the lab and see if theres something about theshoes I was wearing. Maybe they didnt fit my foot right or something. Maybe there was something wecould put in my shoe to make sure I dont turn my ankle to the outsidebecause I naturally have that rotation.RELATED: Curry optimistic about playing against Philly
And so theyre still analyzing all the data that wecollected, and I changed to a different style of Nikes for tomorrow. Hopefully,that will help and I think weve found a fit to avoid those injuries.Question: Whats the new one?Stephen Curry: Its called the Brave, theHyperbrave. Its a little lower and a little wider on my foot and it fits to myfoot a little better than the ones I had been wearing.Question: And you were wearing Hyperdunksbefore?Stephen Curry: That one and another onecalled the Hyperlearners. Theyre still great shoes. Nike. But with my foot itdidnt fit right and being secure on the floor is of the utmost importanceright now.Question: Whats the new taping routine?Stephen Curry: Like Ive done before,Ive done taping and bracing to give it extra security. I dont want it to betoo tight where Im not able to make the moves Im normally making or itchanges the mechanics of my jump shot. Because all that starts at the feet andworks its way up. Im using a different style of tape and kind of anchoring ita little more so it naturally rolls in, so Im not more prone to rolling myankle to the outside if Im running straight-ahead or making a cut or a move orsomething like that. I think it will work.

Klay Thompson makes pledge to North Bay fire relief efforts

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Klay Thompson makes pledge to North Bay fire relief efforts

Klay Thompson is putting his money where his mouth is.

[POOLE: Unprompted remarks about wildfires show Klay isn't who you thought he was]

Shortly before Noon PT on Friday, Klay posted a 30-second video to Twitter to let it be known that he is donating to the North Bay fire relief.

"Hey everyone. As we all know, Northern California has been tragically effected by these wildfires for the past few weeks. 

And I will be pledging $1,000 per point I score for the next three home games. And you can donate as well by clicking on the link below.

We will be donating to the Redwood Credit Union's fire relief efforts. Let's stick together because a lot of loved ones and families have been displaced and lost from these terrible events.

Property has been damanged but we can build this thing back up if we stick together and donate.

Thank you for listening."

The Warriors' next three home games are:

1) October 25 vs Toronto (18.7 points over 11 career games)
2) October 27 vs Washington (18.4 points over 11 career games)
3) October 29 vs Detroit (18.2 points over 11 career games)

Hopefully the Warriors will be able to create a lot of good looks for Klay during that stretch...

Drew Shiller is the co-host of Warriors Outsiders and a Web Producer at NBC Sports Bay Area. Follow him on Twitter @DrewShiller

Gameday: Draymond Green vs Anthony Davis, DeMarcus Cousins

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Gameday: Draymond Green vs Anthony Davis, DeMarcus Cousins

Programming note: Warriors-Pelicans coverage starts tonight at 6:30pm with Warriors Pregame Live on NBC Sports Bay Area.

After blowing a 13-point fourth-quarter lead in the season opener Tuesday night, the Warriors will try to wipe away those memories with a win over the Pelicans on Friday night at Smoothie King Center in New Orleans.

The Warriors will have forwards Draymond Green and Andre Iguodala to help their cause in the home opener for the Pelicans.

History will be on the side of the defending champions, who have won 10 of their last 11 games in New Orleans.

BETTING LINE

Warriors by 8.5

MATCHUP TO WATCH

Draymond Green vs. Anthony Davis: Coming off his injury scare, Green surely expects to be tested by Davis and his teammates. Green tends to thrive on even the slightest challenge. If he and his teammates can keep Davis under control (under 25 points, below 50-percent shooting), the Warriors will have won the battle.

INJURY REPORT

Warriors: F Draymond Green (L knee strain) and F Andre Iguodala (back strain) are listed as available. F Omri Casspi (L ankle spain) is listed as out. G Quinn Cook will be activated, while C Damian Jones and F Kevon Looney will be healthy inactives.

Pelicans: C Alexis Ajinca (R knee injury), C Omer Asik (illness), F Soloman Hill (L hamstring tear), G Frank Jackson (R foot fracture) and G Rajon Rondo (L core muscle injury) are listed as out.

SERIES HISTORY

The Warriors have won seven in a row and 17 of the last 18 meetings.

THREE THINGS TO WATCH

THE BIGS: Whereas the trend in the NBA is to go small, a strategy the Warriors often use, the Pelicans play two traditional big men. In addition to Davis, who has 6-foot-10, they also start 6-11 former Kings C DeMarcus Cousins. Though both are listed as forwards (as Cousins prefers) both also spent time in the post. Expect the Warriors to use their small lineups in hopes of speeding up the game. Will it work?

DEPTH FACTOR: While the Warriors are relatively healthy, the New Orleans is coping with the absences of Rondo, Hill and backup centers Ajinca and Asik. Warriors coach Steve Kerr is unafraid to go deep into his bench. If the Warriors are prepared, in terms of conditioning, to set the fast pace they desire they’ll have a chance to wear down the Pelicans late.

ANGER MOTIVE: The Warriors were displeased with themselves after losing the season opener at home. Iguodala notes they tend to respond to poor performances by examining their mistakes and making corrections. They haven’t opened a season with two consecutive losses since 2009 and want no part of a 0-2 start.