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Curry received PRP injection for recovering knee ligament

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Curry received PRP injection for recovering knee ligament

Stephen Curry is working his way back to action from a Grade 1 MCL sprain in his right knee.

The NBA MVP received a platelet-rich plasma injection as part of his treatment, CSNBayArea.com has confirmed.

Curry received the injection "on the second day of his recover process," according to The Bay Area News Group, which was first to report the news.

PRP is blood plasma that has been enriched with platelets and it is injected into the injured area to stimulate healing.

Curry, 28, played less than 20 minutes of Game 1 against the Rockets on April 16, totaling 24 points and seven rebounds before he injured his ankle. When he returned in Game 4 on April 24, he lasted less than 19 minutes before he suffered a Grade 1 MCL strain in his right knee that was expected to keep him out for two weeks.

Curry completed back-to-back days of light shooting on Monday and Tuesday, but his return is still very much indefinite, coach Steve Kerr said late Tuesday afternoon.

The Warriors lead the Trail Blazers 2-0 heading into Game 3 in Portland Saturday at 5:30pm.

DeMarcus Cousins dunks for first points in Warriors debut vs. Clippers

DeMarcus Cousins dunks for first points in Warriors debut vs. Clippers

DeMarcus Cousins made his Warriors debut Friday night against the Clippers, and it didn't take him long to make a positive impact for Golden State.

After missing a layup on the Warriors' first offensive possession, Cousins had a more assertive second attempt, slamming home a thunderous dunk off a well-executed pick-and-roll with Kevin Durant for the Dubs' first points of the game.

Warriors coach Steve Kerr said Cousins would play in short bursts in his debut, but he wouldn't be under a minutes restriction. 

Cousins preached patience ahead of his return to live game action, but the Dubs clearly made a priority of getting him on the board early.

Warriors vs. Clippers watch guide: Lineups, injuries and player usage

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Warriors vs. Clippers watch guide: Lineups, injuries and player usage

LOS ANGELES -- Somewhere behind the tsunami of conversation and debate devoted to DeMarcus Cousins making his return to the NBA on Friday, the Warriors and Clippers will play a basketball game.

Coverage on NBC Sports Bay Area begins at 6:30 p.m. with Warriors Pregame, with tipoff at Staples Center scheduled for 7:30 p.m.

Though Cousins’ Warriors debut will be the focal point of every fan around the globe, the team has a compelling bit of business at hand.

They’re trying to extend a six-game winning streak against a team they no longer dominate.

The Warriors (31-14) had beaten the Clippers 12 consecutive times before taking a 19-point loss at Oracle Arena last January. The teams have split their last four games, including the first two this season: a Clippers 121-116 overtime win on Nov. 12 in L.A., and the Warriors taking a 129-127 victory on Dec. 23 in Oakland.

The Clippers (24-20) remade their roster over the last two summers and had been better than projected before losing their last four games. They own the seventh-best record in the Western Conference and 12th-best in the league.

This is the Warriors’ first trip to Staples since the highly publicized squabble between Kevin Durant and Draymond Green on Nov. 12.

PROJECTED LINEUPS

Warriors
F Kevin Durant
F Draymond Green
C DeMarcus Cousins
G Klay Thompson
G Stephen Curry

Clippers
F Danilo Gallinari
F Tobias Harris
C Marcin Gortat
G Avery Bradley
G Shai Gilgeous-Alexander

INJURY REPORT

Warriors
C Damian Jones (left pectoral surgery) is listed as out.

Clippers
F Luc Mbah a Moute (left knee soreness) is listed as out.

ROTATION OUTLOOK

Warriors
Though Cousins will start, he’s not likely to play more than five consecutive minutes, which leaves the possibility of limited action in each quarter. The remaining minutes are expected to go to Kevon Looney and Draymond Green. Jordan Bell, already on the fringe of the rotation, is the odd man out.

Curry (42) and Durant (35) combined for 77 points in the last meeting between the teams.

Backup PG Shaun Livingston has been effective since returning after a brief absence with knee soreness, shooting 10-of-15 from the field over his last four games. He had a season-high 13 points against the Pelicans on Wednesday.

Clippers
Guard Lou Williams is the most dangerous bench scorer in the league. He’s averaging 18.7 ppg, tops among all reserves. He’s averaging 22.5 ppg over his last 12 games.

Backup C/F Montrezl Harrell has been so effective, he consistently plays more minutes than Gortat. His 11 double-doubles lead all reserves.

Williams and Harrell are the primary reasons the Clippers lead the NBA in bench scoring (52.6 ppg). The Warriors are 28th (30.2).

Yes, guard Patrick Beverley remains a Clipper and will get minutes, if only to annoy Curry. It’s fair to say they have a longstanding adversarial relationship.

Officials
Eric Lewis (chief), Gediminas Petraitis, Brandon Adair