Ailing Curry takes 'house call,' misses Warriors practice again

Ailing Curry takes 'house call,' misses Warriors practice again

OAKLAND – Neither the Warriors nor Steph Curry know what’s ailing the MVP. But they’re both being proactive in determining what’s at the root of his illness.

Curry on Sunday missed practice for the second consecutive day, after being under the weather a few days prior to that.

“He’s still sick,” coach Steve Kerr said Sunday. “It’s been a tough few days. He’s going to be fine, but he’s just not been feeling well. Calling in the doctor today for a house call.”

After coming to the team facility on Saturday, but not participating in the workout, Curry stayed home in Walnut Creek in hopes of recovering from the cold/flu symptoms he has been experiencing in recent days, including Thursday night, when the Warriors posted a 105-96 preseason win over Sacramento.

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Curry’s absence may have an affect on the Warriors' progress since then. Kerr and his staff spent the weekend working mostly on offensive sets and inbounds plays but also dedicated some time to defense.

That’s mostly for the benefit of new Warriors, such as Kevin Durant, David West and Zaza Pachulia.

Though Curry is familiar with the schemes and strategies, he has had little time to utilize it with his new teammates.

“We’ll see how the rest of the week goes, and how next week goes in terms of how much he plays and practices,” Kerr said. “We’re hoping he’ll be better in the next day or two.”

The Warriors will not practice Monday, returning to the court on Tuesday, prior to an open workout at Oracle Arena on Wednesday. The next game is Friday in Denver.

Casspi rolls ankle, leaves game vs Kings


Casspi rolls ankle, leaves game vs Kings

OAKLAND -- Omri Casspi sustained a sprained right ankle with 9:00 left in the second quarter of the Warriors-Kings game Friday night and did not return.

After dropping in a short hook shot with 9:04 left in the quarter, Casspi landed awkwardly, rolling his ankle and dropping to the floor clutching his lower leg. Down for a couple minutes, he eventually got up and limped into the locker room, accompanied by physical performance specialist Chelsea Lane.

Casspi played six minutes off the bench, producing 6 points, one assist and one rebound against his former team.

He joins Stephen Curry, Kevin Durant, Pat McCaw and Klay Thompson on the sideline.

Kevin Durant ruled out for at least two weeks


Kevin Durant ruled out for at least two weeks

OAKLAND -- The Warriors will return to their relatively normal selves sometime early next month.

That’s at the very soonest, and assuming all goes well over the next three weeks.

Add Kevin Durant to the list of All-Stars who will miss significant time. The forward underwent an MRI test Friday that revealed “an incomplete rib cartilage fracture” that will keep him out of the lineup at least two weeks.

Durant, the team’s leading scorer at 26.6 points per game, joins No. 2 scorer Stephen Curry and No. 3 scorer Klay Thompson on the sideline. Curry will be out at least another week, Thompson closer to two weeks.

The upshot: The Warriors' slim chance of overtaking the Rockets for the No. 1 overall seed are fading toward invisibility.

With the playoffs four weeks away, Warriors coach Steve Kerr will spend the rest of this month juggling lineups and rotations with the limited available options.

The first replacement starter at small forward, Friday night against Sacramento, is Andre Iguodala. Kerr over the next couple weeks likely will try several options. Omri Casspi is another possibility, as well as Draymond Green getting some minutes at small forward. The decisions will be based mostly on matchups.

Durant, however, may be the ultimate NBA mismatch insofar as there is no other 6-foot-11 small forward with his broad skills and versatility.

“They said (I’ll be out) a couple weeks,” he said prior to tipoff against the Kings. “I’m just trying to get healthy. Just trying to make sure I’m out there and able to be me on the court.

“It’s not great, timing-wise, but it’s all about feeling better when I’m out there playing.”

Durant sustained the injury last Sunday in Minnesota, after taking an elbow to the ribs from Timberwolves center Karl-Anthony Towns.

“I thought it was just a little contusion,” said Durant, who will not go on the upcoming road trip to Phoenix and San Antonio.

Durant played through the discomfort Wednesday night against the Lakers, leading the Warriors in scoring with 26 points. During that game, he went to close out and “felt something stretch and pull.”

After going through a light practice Thursday, pain intensified, leading to the MRI test and diagnosis.

“I wish we were out there hooping and using these days to get better and sharpening up our skills,” he said. “But that’s what happens when you play a contact sport. Stuff happens.

“It could have been worse for all three of us. But, luckily, it’s not.”