Curry out Friday vs. Lakers


Curry out Friday vs. Lakers

LOS ANGELES -- Warriors guard Stephen Curry sat out ofpractice on Thursday with a sprained right ankle and wont play on Friday nightagainst the Lakers in Los Angeles.At Golden State's workout Thursday, the third-year guard sat out but did not wear a brace or a walking boot. He was able to walk gingerly on the injured ankle. His mood was decidedly more upbeat than in the immediate aftermath of Wednesday's re-injury.
Curry tweaked the ankle for the third time this season inthe third quarter of Wednesdays loss to the San Antonio Spurs. Curry andgeneral manager Larry Riley said the ankle will be re-evaluated on Saturday inthe Bay Area.This one didnt respond as well as I wanted it to today,Curry said. I think were going to get on the phone with all the doctors whohave looked at it in the past obviously Dr. Anderson, who did the surgery inCharlotte (in May) and see if theres some kind of measurable level I have tobe at to play.That could be sooner rather than later. Weve been on thesame page before but now weve got to make sure theres a goal were trying toget to with pain tolerance level or something functional so that we can limitthis happening again.Warriors general manager Larry Riley said the evaluation ofCurrys ankle will take place on Saturday and that a proper course with how toproceed will follow from there.Hes taped, hes wearing a brace, hes got a different shoeand it continues to happen through no fault of anybodys efforts, Rileysaid.Curry has sprained that ankle seven times in the past 15months, and his re-sprain on Wednesday happened when he was trying to push theball upcourt after the Warriors had gained possession.Unlike the time Curry sprained the ankle against the Bulls onDec. 26, when he landed on Kyle Korvers foot, against San Antonio there wasnobody in the vicinity when it rolled.Curry said his ankle was 100 percent before he sprained itin the teams second exhibition game on Dec. 20, against Sacramento, but thatit hasnt been that way since.Curry said his ankle last year wasnt 100 percent, either,but never got bad enough to miss significant time. The injury cost him eightgames a year ago. Curry said he had repetitive tweaks last year but this isdifferent.While Curry isnt officially ruled out for Fridays game, heindicated he likely wouldnt play. At this point, it would seem like a stretchfor Curry to play Saturday night against the Utah Jazz.

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


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.


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.