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Curry injures ankle, Warriors beat Dallas 111-87

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Curry injures ankle, Warriors beat Dallas 111-87

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OAKLAND The Warriors knocked off the defending champion Dallas Mavericks, who were playing their third game in three nights. David Lee, Monta Ellis and Nate Robinson led the Warriors, but it wasnt all good. Point guard Stephen Curry re-injured his right ankle in the second half and did not return.Warriors 111, Mavericks 87
Player of the game: Power forward David Lee had 21 of his team-high 25 points in the first half to lead the Warriors (16-21) past Dallas.Key stretch: The Warriors held the Mavericks to 15 points in the first quarter and led 26-15 after 12 minutes. The Warriors were never threatened after that.Curry hurt: Warriors point guard Stephen Curry injured his right ankle again this time midway through the third quarter. Curry was handling the ball near midcourt and was driving to his right.It was not clear if he stepped on a defenders foot or if he simply rolled it. But he came out of the game immediately and was in pain.He was also incredibly frustrated. First, Curry threw his mouthpiece towards the Warriors bench and then he smacked one of the seats on the bench as trainer Chad Bergman began to work on him.Eventually, Curry went to the locker room and was re-taped. He eventually came back and joined his teammates on the bench. The Warriors called the injury a mild ankle sprain and said his return was to be determined.Solid D: The Mavericks struggled from the field in the first half, going just 13-for-41 (31.7 percent) from the floor. They were even worse in the first period, shooting 27.3 percent.Nowitzki missed five of his first six shots, Jason Terry missed six of his first seven shots and Lamar Odom missed four of his first five attempts.Lees big half: The Warriors led 52-42 at halftime, and David Lee had a big part in it. Lee had 21 points and six rebounds in 19 first-half minutes. Lee went 9-for-13 from the floor in the first half and 3-for-3 from the line.Curry starts: Warriors point guard Stephen Curry was back in the starting lineup for Saturdays game against Dallas. Since returning from a strained tendon in his right foot against Toronto on Monday, Jackson has been bringing Curry off the bench and keeping Dominic McGuire in with the starters.No Kidd: Dallas point guard Jason Kidd didnt play on Saturday. Coach Rick Carlisle gave Kidd the night off since the Mavericks were playing their third game in three nights.No Biedrins: Warriors center Andris Biedrins earned a DNP-CD on Saturday night. Biedrins lost his starting spot during the Warriors last road trip, but he was used in backup role after that.Not on Saturday. Biedrins earned his first DNP-CD of the season.

Curry claims he didn't throw mouthguard at ref: 'I've got a pretty good aim'

Curry claims he didn't throw mouthguard at ref: 'I've got a pretty good aim'

Just before the Warriors officially lost the game in Memphis on Saturday night, their superstar point guard lost his cool.

After not getting a foul call with 43 seconds left in the game, Steph Curry chucked his mouthguard in the direction of referee Scott Wall in a fit of rage reminiscent of Game 6 of the 2016 NBA Finals.

Wall immediately ejected Curry, who continued to argue with the officials.

After the game, Curry wanted to make it clear he wasn't trying to his Wall with his mouthguard.

"If I tried to throw it at him and hit him, I've got a pretty good aim," Curry said told reporters after the game. "I've thrown my mouthpiece plenty of times and thrown it on the floor. Probably not the best thing to do, but I've done it. I own up to it.

"If I was trying to throw it at him or hit him, I would have been able to executed that."

Curry explained why he reacted the way he did.

"That last play, I thought I got fouled. My frustration boiled over, did something stupid, deserved to get kicked out and that's what happened. Obviously learn from it and try not to do it again," Curry told reporters.

Now Curry and the Warriors wait to see if the NBA will suspend or fine him. He has an expectation of what the punishment will be.

"Don't think it will be a suspension or anything. My pockets will be a lot lighter," Curry said after the game.

What's caused Warriors' slow start and why it should come as no surprise

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What's caused Warriors' slow start and why it should come as no surprise

It’s much too early to get legitimately nervous, much less start tumbling into a panic.

The Warriors are going to be fine.

Eventually.

They most certainly are not yet what they will become in about two weeks, when they settle in for a four-game homestand that begins Nov. 6. That’s 10 games into the season, and it’s conceivable the Warriors might be 6-4.

After a 111-101 loss to the ever-tenacious Grizzlies on Saturday in Memphis, the Warriors are 1-2 and, by their lofty standard, looking about as lost as a stray cat in a hurricane.

“We’re obviously not ready. We knew that,” coach Steve Kerr said. “We’re not ready to put together a full effort. And I’m not doing a great job of putting together combinations, finding the right motivation to get guys going, to get some joy and laughter in here.

“It’s just one of those rough patches. And, hopefully, we can climb our way out of it. I’m sure we will. It may take some time.”

It will take some time, and of that there is plenty.

Do not blame this lull entirely on China, not when there is so much more. The Warriors are coming off their third consecutive prolonged season, this one followed by the training camp disruption caused by spending eight days in Oakland, eight days in China, followed by eight days in Oakland leading up to opening night.

It’s easy to see the timing is off on an offense that relies on precision. The spacing is off on an offense that requires room to operate. The energy is lacking on a defense that lapses into ordinary without its bedrock intensity. Both body and spirit appear less than peak.

“We’ve been playing hard,” Kevin Durant told reporters at FedEx Forum, “but I think we’ve got to take it up a level.

“We’ll be fine. It’s 79 more games left. I’m sure we’ll figure it out.”

Understand, a team that won an NBA-best 67 games last season and posted a league-record 16-1 postseason doesn’t lose it because opponents load up. When the Warriors are on their game, opponents don’t matter.

For now, though, there is an individual listlessness that results in collective slumber. Stephen Curry has gambled himself in foul trouble in both losses and was booted in Memphis. Andre Iguodala missed an entire game and Draymond Green missed the fourth quarter of the first loss, a game in which the Warriors gave up a 13-point lead over the final 12 minutes.

And Durant’s 4.6 blocks per game is impressive. It also happens to be offset by his 6.3 turnovers per game.

“That’s on me,” he said. “I’m turning the ball over at a high rate right now. I’m really pissed at myself about it. I’ve just got to hold on to the ball. Just make the correct pass. I think I’m just rushing. I just need to calm down, settle down, and that would ignite the whole team. But if I turn the ball over, that’s contagious.”

The Rockets turned 17 Warriors giveaways into 21 points. The Pelicans turned 14 into 20. The Grizzlies turned 17 into 24.

Asked what has to change, Klay Thompson went to exactly the right place, saying “probably our defensive intensity from the jump.”

That’s where it starts, at least on the court. Meanwhile, there is more video work, more group texts about details and the need for more time for their bodies and minds to become one.

“We’ll be better,” Durant said. “We’re still finding a groove with each other. We’re still getting back into shape as far as playing our game, the flow, just the reads off not calling plays. We’ve got to get used to that again.”

Thompson is, however, displaying a modicum of impatience.

“We’ll come out Monday and we’ll play a great game,” he said. “I guarantee it.”

He’s probably right. The Warriors will be playing at Dallas, against a Mavericks team that is built to be devoured by the powerful.

That might be a quick fix. But it won’t be the final fix. That is weeks away.