Gameday: In pursuit of 20K club, Durant returns vs Clippers


Gameday: In pursuit of 20K club, Durant returns vs Clippers

Editor's note: Steph Curry failed to finish his routine at shootaround today after slipping and immediately headed for treatment. Check back here for updates.


OAKLAND -- No sooner than Kevin Durant was cleared, Stephen Curry was scratched from the lineup Wednesday night, when the Warriors face the Los Angeles Clippers.

Coverage on NBC Sports Bay Area begins at 6:30, with tipoff at Oracle Arena scheduled for 7:35.

Curry tweaked his right ankle during the morning shootaround and will not play. Fellow guard Klay Thompson is being given the night off to rest.

Though Durant -- who needs 25 points to reach 20,000 for his career -- has missed the last three games, the Warriors (33-8), largely due to Curry’s production, have won five in a row, by an average of 10.4 points. One of those wins was over the Clippers last Saturday in Los Angeles.


Warriors by 12


Pat McCaw & Co. vs. Lou Williams: With Thompson out, the Warriors will rely on several defenders in an attempt to contain Williams. Besides McCaw, Andre Iguodala and Shaun Livingston also will get opportunities. Signed as LA’s sixth man, Williams leads all NBA bench scorers, at 21.8 points per game, but has been pressed into the starting lineup due to injuries. He averaged 28.6 points per game over the last 10 games, 31.2 over the last five. With Griffin out, Williams is by far LA’s biggest threat.


Warriors: G Stephen Curry (R ankle sprain) and G Klay Thompson (rest) are listed as out. C Damian Jones is on assignment with the G-League Santa Cruz Warriors.

Clippers: G Milos Teodosic (plantar fasciitis) is listed as questionable. G Patrick Beverley (R knee surgery), F Danili Gallinari (L glute injury), F Blake Griffin (concussion protocol) and G Austin Rivers (R ankle injury) are listed as out.


Warriors: 8-2.

Clippers: 7-3.


Ken Mauer (crew chief), Ben Taylor, Josh Tiven


The Warriors won the first two of four meetings this season, 141-113 on Oct. 30 in LA and 121-105 on Jan. 6 in LA. The Warriors have won 12 in a row, the fourth-longest NBA win streak against a specific opponent. The Warriors have 21 of the last 23 in Oakland and 20 of the last 25 overall.


KD 20K: Kevin Durant is 25 points away from becoming the 44th player in league history to score 20,000. At age, he would become the second-youngest player to reach that mark, behind only LeBron James. Only four players have reached 20,000 points before turning 30: Wilt Chamberlain, Michael Jordan, Kobe Bryant and James.

BACKCOURT SHUFFLE: With Curry and Thompson both out of action, coach Steve Kerr will have to do plenty of shuffling. Best bets to start are Livingston and McCaw, with Nick Young coming off the bench and Iguodala putting in minutes at the point. No matter where the minutes go, the loss of firepower is significant.

THE 120 CLUB: The Warriors averaged 127.0 points over their last five games, topping the 120 mark in all five. The Warriors are 19-1 when scoring at least 120. The last Warriors teams to score at least 120 points over six games was the 1988-89 team featuring Hall of Famers Chris Mullin and Mitch Richmond.

Source: Warriors, Curry aiming for Friday return


Source: Warriors, Curry aiming for Friday return

The Warriors have been without Stephen Curry for six full games and all but the first two minutes of a seventh. The last three were less out of medical necessity than an abundance of caution.

Curry could, however, return as soon as Friday when the Atlanta Hawks visit Oracle Arena, multiple sources disclosed to NBC Sports Bay Area on Monday night. ESPN, citing league sources, was first to report the team’s plan.

The two-time MVP’s right ankle is scheduled to be reevaluated Tuesday, after which time a firm return date is expected.

Curry was physically able to play -- and actually pushed to return -- last weekend, according to league sources. But the Warriors, looking ahead to the playoffs and seeing diminished value in the remaining regular-season games, opted to continue rehabilitation in hopes of maximizing support for the area around his ankle.

The Warriors have described Curry’s injury not as a sprain but a “tweak,” implying less severity.

Though the Warriors won the game in which Curry was hurt, 110-107 over the Spurs on March 8, they have since lost four of six, including 89-75 on Monday in San Antonio.

The Warriors arrived early Tuesday morning and won’t practice Tuesday afternoon and are contemplating skipping an official practice on Wednesday.

The Warriors, averaging a league-leading 115.5 points per game this season, saw that figure drop to 103.3 during Curry’s six-game absence.

Draymond Green knocked out of game vs Spurs with pelvic contusion


Draymond Green knocked out of game vs Spurs with pelvic contusion

Already down three All-Stars, the Warriors lost their fourth midway through the first half on Monday night.

With just over nine minutes remaining in the second quarter against the Spurs, Draymond Green took a knee from a driving Danny Green.

Draymond was in immediate pain and left the court for the locker room.

Just before the end of the first half, NBC Sports Bay Area's Kerith Burke reported that Green was ruled out for the rest of the game with a "midsection issue."

Early in the second half, the Warriors diagnosed that Green suffered a pelvic contusion and that x-rays were negative.

The Warriors are currently playing without Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson and Kevin Durant. All three are dealing with injuries that will keep them out several games.