OAKLAND -- Stephen Curry is meticulous about his post-practice routine. He wants to leave feeling good, so he throws down a lob and then kicks the ball halfway across the gym before it comes back to him to drain a 3-pointer from the right wing.
Curry did no such thing after Warriors shootaround Wednesday, because his right ankle would not allow it.
Without contact, Curry slipped on the floor before beginning his ritual and rolled his ankle badly enough that the Warriors scratched him from the lineup for the game against the Clippers at Oracle Arena.
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The Warriors added Curry to the injury report roughly two hours after he slipped. Though the team released no further information, general manager Bob Myers indicated during an interview with 95.7 The Game that there are no immediate plans for an MRI or an X-ray.
Curry’s absence on Wednesday is largely precautionary, according to a team source.
Curry missed 11 games last month after spraining the same ankle Dec. 4 at New Orleans. Since returning Dec. 30, he has been playing extremely well, averaging 35.2 points -- on 57.4-percent shooting, 53.2 percent from deep -- 5.6 assists and 5.6 rebounds during the five-game stretch.
The ninth-year point guard was named Western Conference Player of the Week on Monday.
His backcourt mate, Klay Thompson, will miss his first game of the season tonight (rest).
Jordan Bell likely envisioned a longer debut at the United Center.
The Chicago Bulls traded the pick used to select Bell to the Golden State Warriors for cash considerations, and Bell's taken plenty of chances to remind the Bulls to remind them of that fact.
Instead of getting another chance to rub it in, Bell injured his left ankle 24 seconds in to Golden State's 119-112 win over Chicago on Wednesday. On Thursday, Bell and the Warriors learned the results of his MRI, and it's not as bad as the team first feared, according to head coach Steve Kerr.
"Well, it seemed a lot worse at the time when it happened. Everyone kind of thought he had a broken a bone just based on his reaction [and] what he was telling us," Steve Kerr told Damon Bruce on 95.7 The Game. "But the MRI was pretty good this morning. Nothing glaring.
"The X-ray was fine yesterday. So it doesn't appear to be more than a bone bruise but bone bruises can be tricky to heal, so we'll see what happens. But so far, the news has all been good."
Bell has emerged as a bench contributor in his first NBA season. In 38 games, he's averaging 5.1 points, 3.9 rebounds, 1.8 assists, and 1.1 blocks in 14.4 minutes.
After sending four players to the NBA All-Star Game last season in New Orleans, the Warriors are halfway to repeating the feat this season.
Point guard Stephen Curry and small forward Kevin Durant were voted in as Western Conference starters for the game scheduled for Feb. 18 at Staples Center in Los Angeles, the NBA announced on Thursday.
Though Curry has missed 15 games -- nearly one-third of the season -- it has not hurt his popularity; His No. 30 is the NBA’s best-selling jersey for the third straight season. He is averaging team-leading 27.7 points, 6.5 assists and 5.3 rebounds, and 1.65 steals per game.
Curry is the first member of the Warriors to be named a starter for five consecutive All-Star games. As the player with the most fan votes, Curry becomes a captain and is in position to select the members of his team.
Durant, who has missed eight games this season, was named as a starter for the sixth time, the first four coming when he was a member of the Thunder.
Durant is averaging 26.2 points (fifth in the league) 6.9 rebounds, 5.4 assists and 2.05 blocks (fourth in the league) per game.