Instant Replay: Warriors continue hot shooting, bury the Nuggets

Instant Replay: Warriors continue hot shooting, bury the Nuggets


Any concerns about Stephen Curry’s tender ankle and the Warriors trekking to high-altitude Denver for the Part 2 of a back-to-back set were wholly unfounded.

Curry tested his right ankle prior to the game, said he felt fine and went out and proved it, scoring 33 points to lead the Warriors to a 125-101 victory over the Nuggets at Pepsi Center in Denver.

Four other Warriors scored in double figures, as Klay Thompson put in 19 points, Kevin Durant 18, Draymond Green 13 and JaVale McGee came off the bench for season-high 10 points.

The Warriors (7-2) shot 54.1 percent from the field, the third consecutive game in which they shot at least 50 percent. They grabbed a season-high 15 steals and held Denver (3-5) to 40.9-percent shooting.

Durant’s streak of consecutive games with at least 20 points ended at 72, the fourth longest in NBA history. Wilt Chamberlain holds the record with 126 such games.


It was a Curry kind of night, with his teammates providing potent support.

Curry’s line: 33 points (10-of-17 shooting from the field, including 7-of-13 from beyond the arc), seven assists and five rebounds. He played 30 minutes and was plus-27 for the game.

Curry’s 15-point third quarter, helping push the lead as high as 31, essentially closed out the Nuggets.


After a Jusuf Nurkic layup gave Denver a 6-3 lead with 9:42 left in the first quarter, the Warriors responded with a 17-2 run, going up 20-8 with 5:41 left in the quarter.

The Warriors led by 14 (33-19) at the end of one, by 14 at the half (65-51) and by 24 (99-75) at the end of three quarters.


Warriors: C Damian Jones (R pectoral surgery recover) was listed as out. F James Michael McAdoo was a healthy inactive.

Nuggets: G Gary Harris (R groin strain) was listed as probable, upgraded to available and started the game. F Wilson Chandler (L hamstring soreness), F Darrell Arthur (L knee soreness) and F Will Barton (L ankle sprain) were listed as out.


The Warriors return to action Sunday afternoon, when they face the Phoenix Suns at Oracle Arena. Tipoff is scheduled for 5:05 p.m.

Casspi defends his spot on Warriors, explains why he's not worried about being cut


Casspi defends his spot on Warriors, explains why he's not worried about being cut

OAKLAND -- Like much of the NBA and everyone with an interest in the Warriors, Omri Casspi has watched the emergence of Quinn Cook, who came out of the G-League and is making a strong bid to make the postseason roster.

Casspi, out since spraining his right ankle last Friday against Sacramento, happens to be at or near the top of the list of the tiny group of players that might be dropped should the Warriors decide to add Cook.

The 6-foot-9 veteran forward has heard the chatter.

“First of all, it’s you guys talking,” Casspi said, referring to media. “I don’t really feel it from the organization. At the end of the day, I’m focused on getting healthy and playing. That’s all I can control.

“I feel like the team needs me and know what I can do for the team. My focus is on getting healthy and playing.”

The Warriors have until April 11 to submit their playoff roster.

Casspi’s roster spot is in danger for three reasons.

One, he has lost confidence in his long-distance shooting, which was influential in the team’s decision to sign him to a one-year minimum contract last July.

Two, his defense has been a glaring weakness, with teams attacking him at every opportunity.

Three, he had fallen out of the rotation when the team was fully healthy and didn’t return until after succession of injuries. Casspi exceeded 10 minutes of playing time in only one of the 12 games before injuries to several teammates became a factor.

Stephen Curry’s ankle woes this season, along with Cook’s impressive play, are making a persuasive argument for adding the third-year point guard.

For now, Casspi is determined to get back on court after missing the last two games.

“With my role on this team, when I’m healthy I want to go out there and play, maybe not 100 percent healthy, but close to it,” he said. “That’s what I’m focused on, on feeling good and running up and down and being able to cut and move and be out there again with the guys.”

As Warriors inch closer to full health, Kerr provides update on Durant, Klay


As Warriors inch closer to full health, Kerr provides update on Durant, Klay

OAKLAND -- Stephen Curry, Kevin Durant and Klay Thompson all worked up sweat Wednesday, putting the Warriors ever closer to being whole again.

Only Draymond Green did not full participate in the non-contact practice session, but he’s expected back in a matter of days.

So while the Warriors are a little more than a week away from possibly having the full squad available, they’re starting to feel a little less vulnerable.

“They’re all kind of day-to-day,” Warriors coach Steve Kerr said. “Steph is closer to playing than KD and Klay.”

Curry has not played since March 8, when he tweaked his surgically repaired right ankle. He missed the last six games. Durant (rib cartilage injury) and Thompson (right thumb sprain) sustained their injuries on March 11 at Minnesota, though Durant played one more game, March 14, before receiving a diagnosis. Durant missed the last three games, Thompson the last four.

Green sustained a pelvic contusion Monday night at San Antonio, but believes he will be available this weekend, either Friday against Atlanta or Sunday against Utah.

Curry, though, is fully cleared for all activities.

“Steph looks great,” Kerr said. “He’s chomping at the bit. But we’ll see how he responds in the next couple days before we decide whether he plays or not.”

Durant loathes acknowledging pain or injuries, and his return will be dictated by his ability with withstanding the contact inevitable in the course of a game.

“I don’t expect KD to play this week,” Kerr said. “It’s not like a timetable . . . just sort of a feel thing. It’s symptomatic with him.”

Thompson seems, at this point, the furthest away from full activity.

“Klay did some stuff," Kerr said, “but not full participation.”