NBA Gameday: Will Hornets ruin Steph Curry's homecoming?

NBA Gameday: Will Hornets ruin Steph Curry's homecoming?

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Stephen Curry has had quite the memorable visit to his hometown Charlotte, and he hopes to conclude it Wednesday night with a Warriors victory.

On the fourth and final stop of their seven-day road trip, the Warriors (38-7) invade Spectrum Center to face the Hornets (23-22).

One day after Curry was honored by both his high school, Charlotte Christian, and by Davidson College, the Warriors (38-7) are trying to bounce back from a stinging last-second loss to the Heat in Miami on Monday.

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With the Warriors coming off a loss at Miami, at stake is their streak of 131 consecutive games, dating back to April 2015, without losing two in a row.


Warriors by 10


Curry vs. Kemba Walker: Curry is averaging 36.3 points over his last three games in Charlotte and usually excels there. Walker, acutely aware of the hometown dynamic, occasionally matches his counterpart. Walker has improved his 3-point shot enough that his percentage this season (41.4) is higher than that of Curry (40.1). Curry will want to rearrange those numbers, maybe in one night.


Warriors: F/C David West (L thumb fracture) is listed as out.

Hornets: C Frank Kaminsky (nasal fracture), G Jeremy Lamb (metatarsal inflammation), G Brian Roberts (illness) and C Cody Zeller (quad contusion) are questionable.


Warriors: 8-2. Hornets: 4-6


In sweeping the season series in each of the last two seasons, the Warriors have won four straight and six of the last eight overall.


RESPECT THE ROCK: Charlotte ranks third in assist-to-turnover ratio at 2.02. The Warriors are second (2.08), their ratio skewed by superb ball movement that results in high assist totals. The Hornets are careful with the ball, and they are 10-2 at home when forcing more turnovers than they commit.

GLASS WARS: The Hornets rank fourth in rebounding, averaging 45.5 per game. Though the Warriors are fifth, at 45.3, they also allow more offensive rebounds (11.6) than any team in the league. The team that rebounds best gains a decided advantage.

KD VS. MKG: Durant has been burning most everyone in his path and poses quite the challenge for Michael Kidd-Gilchrist, one of the league’s better wing defenders. As good as MKG is, this will be his first meeting with KD this season and he may discover why Durant is having his most efficient season.

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.”