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What to do with Stephen Curry's ankle?

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What to do with Stephen Curry's ankle?

Editor's Note: According to a report published in USA Today, Warriors point guard Stephen Curry will miss Wednesdays game against the New York Knicks in order to rest his troublesome right ankle. More details to follow after today's practice.

First of all, its not my right ankle so I dont really haveany idea how Stephen Currys feels. But its a pretty important subject as itpertains to the Warriors, and so its worth addressing.Basically, there are two schools of thought on what is nowofficially a troublesome right ankle for Curry. One is for Curry to continueplaying, continue getting treatment and playing on.The other one is for Curry to take some time off -- miss somegames -- and get the ankle totally right before returning. The Warriors willlikely pay the price in the short run -- having less of a chance to win againstNew York, Philly and then on the road at Phoenix, San Antonio and L.A.
But some would argue thats a small price to pay to makesure Currys injury full heals. Plus, maybe he doesnt have to miss all five ofthose games anyway.Got to tell you, Im all for getting Currys ankle to 100percent, but is that practical and realistic? And who says the ankle isnt 100percent right now?First and foremost, this is Currys decision.But Im not convinced that if Curry rests that ankle for aweek to 10 days, hell be any less likely to reinjure it in his first game backthan he is if he plays Wednesdays game against New York.Curry tweaked the ankle three or four times last year, andhe missed eight games. He had surgery to strengthen the ankle in May, but hereinjured it in preseason game No. 2 -- last Tuesday.In other words, after a surgery, an extensive rehab and afull recovery, Curry hurt the ankle two games in. Perhaps the reality is thisis simply the way Currys ankle is going to be.Sure its problematic, but its also nice to know thesetweaks dont linger and he bounces back quickly.He didnt practice between that game and the regular-seasonopener on Sunday but ended up playing and playing poorly, turning the ball overfive times and shooting 2-for-12 from the floor in 33 minutes.His opposite number, Chris Paul, took over the game in thefinal six minutes and led the Clippers to a 105-86 win. Curry was a completelydifferent player on Monday, scoring 21 points and handing out 10 assists in 37minutes against Derrick Rose and the Bulls _ a 99-91 win.But Curry reinjured the ankle again in the game, this timewhen he came down on the foot of Kyle Korver after failing to convert intransition.Currys ankle is becoming a day-in and day-out issue for theWarriors, and the idea of shutting him down for a while isnt a crazy one. Only problem is, theres no assurancethat will do any good.

Gameday: Two Warriors All-Stars out for Friday's game vs Bulls

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Gameday: Two Warriors All-Stars out for Friday's game vs Bulls

The Warriors will be without their starting forwards Friday night when they return to Oracle Arena not only to face the struggling Chicago Bulls but also in search of good habits.

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

Kevin Durant is out with a sprained ankle and Draymond Green will be resting.

The Warriors (13-5) are coming off a 2-2 road trip during which they blew a 17-point third-quarter lead in one of the losses and had to overcome a 24-point third-quarter deficit to earn one of the victories.

The rebuilding Bulls (3-13) are concluding a four-game swing through the Western Conference, having lost the first three games by an average of 15.7 points.

BETTING LINE

Warriors by 15.5

MATCHUP TO WATCH

Omri Casspi & Co. vs. Lauri Markkanen: Markkanen has been one of the few bright spots for the Bulls this season. The 7-foot rookie from Arizona shares the team lead in scoring at 14.6 points per game, while leading in rebounds at 8.3 per game. The only Chicago rookies to score more points in their first 16 games are Michael Jordan, Derrick Rose and Elton Brand. With Green and Durant out, the task of defending Markkanen falls to Casspi, who will start at one forward, with rookie Jordan Bell also taking a few turns.

INJURY LIST

Warriors: F Kevin Durant (L ankle sprain) and F Draymond Green (rest) are listed as out. C Damian Jones is on assignment with the G-League Santa Cruz Warriors.

Bulls: G Zach LaVine (L ACL rehab), F Nikola Mirotic (facial fractures), G David Nwaba (R ankle sprain) and G Cameron Payne (R foot surgery) are listed as out.

LAST 10

Warriors: 8-2. Bulls: 2-8.

GAME OFFICIALS

Bennie Adams (lead), Mark Ayotte and JT Orr.

SERIES HISTORY

The teams split the two-game series last season, each winning on its home court. The Warriors have won five of the last eight overall and 14 of the last 18 in Oakland.

THREE THINGS TO WATCH

THE INTENSITY METER: The Warriors believe, justifiably, that their biggest worry is about themselves. When they’re properly focused, they are the best team in the NBA. When they are not, they are susceptible to most any quality team. Insofar as Chicago doesn’t appear pose an explicit challenge, the Warriors must not only manufacture intensity but also maintain it.

KEEP ‘EM OFF THE LINE: The Bulls are dead last in the NBA in offensive rating (94.4), field-goal percentage (41.0), field goals made per game (35.7). The one thing they do well is shoot free throws, which they shoot at a league-leading 92.9 percent. The Warriors can be prone to fouls (only eight teams commit more), so they’ll have to play it smart against this opponent.

THE BENCH BUNCH: With Durant and Green out, along with this being the second game of a four-games-in-six-nights stretch, the Warriors will have to lean on their bench, which has been quite good. Its 54-percent shooting leads the league, as is its 4.2 blocks per game. The net rating 10.2 is second in the NBA.

Jordan Bell: Rookie year with Warriors 'like being a freshman all over again'

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Jordan Bell: Rookie year with Warriors 'like being a freshman all over again'

Warriors rookie Jordan Bell made an instant impact for the team this season. But as of late, his playing time has dwindled. In four of the Warriors' last five games, Bell has been inactive. 

“It's just the life of a rookie,” Bell said to The Athletic. “That's what Steve Kerr always tells me. It's not because I'm playing bad. Just gotta be professional about it and stay ready. It's like being a freshman all over again.”

While Bell wants to be on the court with his teammates, what he appreciates most from Steve Kerr is his communication. Kerr is always honest about when he won't play Bell and he keeps the former Oregon Duck encouraged. 

“He talks to me about it every time he sees me,” Bell said. “Lets me know I'm not going to be active. Keep doing what you're doing, you're doing good. But it still f------ sucks. You're playing well and it doesn't mean anything because you're younger. It sucks, but you got to be professional about it.”

Bell has played in 12 of the Warriors' 18 games this season. The 22-year-old is averaging 3.2 points and 2.2 rebounds per game over 8.3 minutes per game. 

The Warriors bought the 38th pick in the 2017 NBA Draft from the Chicago Bulls and selected Bell. On Friday night, the Warriors, and perhaps Bell, play the Bulls for the first time this season.