OAKLAND -- Expected all along, the Warriors have officially ruled out Stephen Curry for Monday night’s game against the Orlando Magic at Oracle Arena.
“It’s a no-brainer,” Warriors coach Steve Kerr said of the decision to sit Curry, who will be replaced at point guard by Shaun Livingston.
Curry sustained a contusion to his right thigh Saturday night in the first quarter of a 135-114 win over the 76ers. He walked with a pronounced limp afterward and did not participate in the team’s shootaround Monday morning.
The Warriors are taking the same approach to Curry as they did Nov. 6, when Kevin Durant incurred the same injury. Durant missed the next game, last Wednesday against the Timberwolves, and returned to practice on Friday and played Saturday against Philadelphia.
“It’s very similar to KD’s,” Kerr said. “If it were a playoff game, he’d play. But it’s pretty sore. It’s the same situation, where we’ve got two days to go before our next game so this gives us a chance to really get it healthy and right.”
In three-plus regular seasons (243 games) with the Warriors, Livingston has made eight starts. He started seven games in the 2016 playoffs, as Curry was out with two different injuries.
Livingston is averaging 4.5 points, 2.4 rebounds and 2.2 assists over 16.5 minutes this season.
“It’s an incredible luxury to have Shaun Livingston coming off the bench,” Kerr said.
“He’s there whenever we need him. He doesn’t seem to mind if we don’t call his number and when we do, he’s ready.”
In the real world, the President of the United States Donald Trump started a Twitter feud with LaVar Ball on Sunday.
Trump believes he should have left three college athletes, including Ball's son LiAngelo, in a Chinese jail for shoplifting. In return, Warriors head coach Steve Kerr wants the two to simply stop talking.
"It would be nice for all of us if both of them would just be quiet," Kerr said to reporters at the Barclays Center. "Wouldn't that be great?"
"Modern life. Two people seeking attention and are both getting it, so I'm sure both guys are really happy," Kerr initially said when first asked about the two.
Unprompted, Kerr then asked reporters for a request to help us all.
"You know what would help, if all of you stopped covering both of them," Kerr pleaded. "Is that possible? You can probably stop covering LaVar. I don't think you can stop covering the President. I don't think that'll work."
In the span of about 16 days, David Lee has made a lot of changes to his life.
On Nov. 3, he announced that he got engaged to tennis star Caroline Wozniacki.
On Sunday, the former Warriors All-Star forward announced his retirement from the NBA with a post on Instagram.
"An epic night celebrating my retirement with my friends and family! Thank you to my amazing fiancée @carowozniacki for planning the surprise!" Lee wrote as the caption for a photo of him with all his friends.
Former teammates Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson were among those that "Liked" the posted. Curry even left a comment.
"They'll still always have trouble with the pitch and follow man Man! Congrats," Curry wrote.
Acquired in July of 2009 from the Knicks, Lee played five seasons with the Warriors. During his time in Oakland, he averaged 16.7 points and 9.6 rebounds.
Lee was named to the Western Conference All-Star team during the 2012-13 season. He averaged 18.5 points and 11.2 rebounds per game that season.
The 34-year-old capped off his tenure with the Warriors by winning an NBA championship in 2015. After the playoff run, the Warriors traded Lee to Boston. He spent last season with the Spurs and appeared in 79 games.