Jamal Crawford

Stephen Curry's broken hand draws Twitter reaction from NBA players

Stephen Curry's broken hand draws Twitter reaction from NBA players

While the Warriors held their collective breath when Steph Curry broke his left hand Wednesday night, much of the NBA did the same.

Curry left during the third quarter of Golden State's 121-110 loss to the Phoenix Suns at Chase Center. Suns big man Aron Baynes fell awkwardly on Curry's left hand after the two-time MVP drove the lane, and Curry immediately grabbed his hand afterward. 

Los Angeles Clippers guard Patrick Beverley opened up his postgame press conference after LA's loss to the Utah Jazz by sending well-wishes to Curry, and he did the same on Twitter.


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Beverley wasn't the only one, as Curry's NBA peers and former teammates tweeted their hopes for the Warriors star to make a speedy recovery. 


Curry's recovery timeline is unknown. Warriors general manager Bob Myers told NBC Sports Bay Area's Kerith Burke that Curry next will undergo a CT scan on his left hand. 

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Jamal Crawford thinks Warriors need third scorer without Klay Thompson

Jamal Crawford thinks Warriors need third scorer without Klay Thompson

Jamal Crawford has always had the green light to shoot his shot. 

The NBA free agent is tied for 21st in league history with four 50-point games to his name, and Crawford never has averaged fewer than five field-goal attempts per game in a single season. With that context in mind, how would you read Crawford's tweeted observation from the Warriors' preseason opener Saturday? 

Now Crawford, 39, could be preparing for life off the court by honing his analysis. The Warriors certainly hope Draymond Green can fill the scoring void behind Steph Curry and D'Angelo Russell while Klay Thompson rehabs his torn ACL. Green is working to regain his 3-point shot and return to his 2015-16 heights, but at age 29, he is four years older than he was when he averaged a career-high 14.0 points per game during Golden State's 73-9 season. 

Behind Green, though, there isn't much to inspire confidence as a potential No. 3 scoring option. Rookies Jordan Poole and Eric Paschall are still learning the ins and outs of the NBA, and the same can be said of second-year pro Jacob Evans. Free-agent signee Alec Burks hasn't been a double-digit scorer over a full season since 2015-16, and Kevon Looney hasn't at any point in his four-year NBA career. 

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If Crawford's observation had an ulterior motive, it's not likely he would be a much better option. He turns 40 in March, and his scoring averages have decreased in each of the last five seasons. Even if Crawford still could be a top option, the Warriors' contract situation all but rules out a reunion with the one-time Golden State guard. 

No matter Crawford's intention, though, who emerges behind Curry and Russell will be worth watching as the Warriors settle into their new reality without Thompson and with Kevin Durant in Brooklyn. 

Why Warriors, Jamal Crawford won't be reuniting for 2019-20 NBA season

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Why Warriors, Jamal Crawford won't be reuniting for 2019-20 NBA season

Dwyane Wade thinks a reunion between Jamal Crawford and the Warriors makes a lot of sense.

"I would love to see him on a team like the Golden State [Warriors]," Wade told Heavy.com's Brandon Robinson. "Just because he can rock out man, he’s exciting. You get somebody that can come off the bench and put up 20 like there’s nothing. It would be good, obviously without Klay [Thompson] getting injured and losing Kevin Durant. Having a scoring punch come off the bench would be good for them."

Crawford seems to be a fan of the idea, too.

Crawford spent 54 games in Golden State back during the 2008-09 season after coming over from the Knicks in a mid-season trade for Al Harrington. That was the 10th season of the sharpshooter's 20-year NBA career, and as a current free agent, he's hoping to latch on to a team for a 21st.

It won't be the Warriors, though. At least not for a while.

As things currently stand, Golden State has 14 guaranteed contracts on its roster, one short of the maximum. However, the Warriors currently don't enough room underneath the salary cap to fit another guaranteed contract, and can't go over the cap as a result of being hard-capped due to the sign-and-trade for D'Angelo Russell. Crawford would qualify for the veteran's minimum, so if he wants to be on Golden State at the start of the 2019-20 season, he's out of luck.

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That said, minimum contracts prorate over the course of the season, so the Warriors could theoretically add Crawford (or another player) later in the season once they can fit the prorated portion under the cap. Of course, the later in the season, the more likely Thompson will have returned by then, so a reunion doesn't seem likely.