NBA Gameday: Warriors battle Blazers as Curry sits for first time this season

NBA Gameday: Warriors battle Blazers as Curry sits for first time this season

The Warriors will be trying to sweep the Trail Blazers for the second time in three seasons Sunday night at 6:00 p.m., when they enter Moda Center in Portland.

And they’ll undertake the task without Stephen Curry, who due to stomach flu will miss a game for the first time this season.

Veteran point guard Shaun Livingston will start in place of Curry.

The Warriors (40-7) are coming off their most decisive victory of the season, 144-98, over the Los Angeles Clippers on Saturday at Oracle Arena. Curry scored 43 points to lead the charge.

Though the Blazers (21-27) have been one of the league’s most disappointing teams, there have been signs of revival. They have won their last three games, in the process beating playoff-caliber teams Boston and Memphis.


Warriors by 6


Shaun Livingston and Klay Thompson vs. Damian Lillard and CJ McCollum: Portland has the NBA’s highest-scoring backcourt, as Lillard and McCollum combine for an average of 49.7 points per game. No matter which guards are on the court for the Warriors, there will be considerable cross-matching on defense. The most effective backcourt is almost certain to prevail.


Warriors: G Stephen Curry (stomach flu) and C/F David West (L thumb fracture) are listed as out.

Trail Blazers: F Maurice Harkless (L calf strain) is listed as probable. F Ed Davis (L wrist sprain) is listed as doubtful. C Festus Ezeli (L knee surgery) is listed as out.


Warriors: 9-1. Blazers: 5-5.


The Warriors won the first three meetings this season, the last five overall and 14 of the last 17.


SCOREBOARD ON FIRE: Even while playing at a relatively moderate tempo (10th in pace), the Portland is giving up an average of 110.2 points per game. Only Dallas and Phoenix are worse at defending the 3-ball. Even with Curry out, this is a recipe for disaster against the Warriors, who average a league-best 118.1 points per game and are No. 2 in 3-point shooting percentage.

KD TIME: The Blazers have yet to find an answer for Kevin Durant, who over the first three games is averaging 28.0 points on 65.9-percent shooting. Evan Turner draws the assignment, with Al-Faroug Aminu providing support off the bench. There will be opportunities for one of the league’s toughest matchups.

NORTHWEST CHANGES: Blazers coach Terry Stotts has made changes to the starting lineup he used last season and for most of this season, replacing forwards Maurice Harkless and Aminu with Noah Vonleh and Turner. The results have been positive, with the best defender of the bunch, Aminu, now coming off the bench.

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.