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Steph Curry's thoughts on Chase Center after first look at Warriors' new arena

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Steph Curry's thoughts on Chase Center after first look at Warriors' new arena

SAN FRANCISCO -- Stephen Curry had been prepping for the Warriors' move across the Bay, to Chase Center in San Francisco.

Now, after playing 10 years in Oakland, he finally got to see his new office in person.

"Today is where it became real," Curry said Wednesday afternoon.

Curry -- who was on the premises for a JP Morgan Chase event -- spoke to about 250 girls to encourage physical fitness. Prior to that ceremony, Curry toured the $1 billion Chase Center, which officially opened Tuesday.

During Curry's first 10 NBA seasons, the Warriors practiced in downtown Oakland and played their home games 11 miles away at Oracle Arena. At Chase Center, the team will have a practice facility attached, and team employees will work out of it.

While new to arena change, Curry said he's excited about it.

"I think, for me, it's different just because I've never had that experience," Curry said. "I've seen other arenas -- growing up in Charlotte, they had that -- and that was kind of my first real experience with it, where you have one locker room, practice court, familiar setting no matter what day it is, and go over to the arena. So hopefully it will help expedite the overall comfort level of the transition." 

As for the ceremony, it was just the latest girl-empowerment-focused appearance for Curry. Last month, he hosted his second annual all-girls camp at the Warriors' facility in Oakland. Five months ago, after 9-year-old Riley Morrison pointed out that Curry's Under Armour shoe line didn't include girls' sizing, the Warriors point guard released a girl's-only colorway of his Curry 6 with the phrases “Be Fearless,” “Girl Power,” “Girls Hoop Too” and “Rock The Currys" inscribed in the sock liners.

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On Wednesday, Curry -- in conjunction with Girls Inc -- surprised more than 250 female students from across the Bay Area on Chase Center's concourse, speaking to them about the importance of physical fitness before participating in a brief workout with the students.

"I picked up some gems tonight," Curry said. "How every day you [can] set a vision of what you want to do. As a parent, you can do that. As a kid, you can do that. So, it's all kind of a collective effort."

Warriors’ still-mounting injuries a big blow to young players’ development

Warriors’ still-mounting injuries a big blow to young players’ development

SAN FRANCISCO -- In the waning moments of the Warriors' latest loss Friday night, their bench resembled the front row of a fashion show more than a functioning NBA roster.

Toward the end of the bench, All-Star guard Stephen Curry sat in a black suit jacket, covering a massive cast protecting his broken left hand. To Curry's left, center Kevon Looney sat in a gray suit, his immediate future in peril as he continues to seek answers about an injured hamstring.

That type of visual has become commonplace over the last month.

Over that stretch, 11 Warriors players have been sidelined with injuries, crippling a roster that seemed armed with an outside shot of making the playoffs on opening night just three weeks ago.

The latest blow came Saturday morning, when an MRI confirmed that D'Angelo Russell had suffered a sprained thumb, sidelining him for at least two weeks. Over his previous six games, the guard had averaged 29.7 points on 48 percent shooting from the field, including a 52-point, nine-rebound performance against Minnesota, so his absence will be felt.

That's because the Warriors are in roster transition, marked by their youthful core.

When Jordan Poole and Eric Paschall were drafted in June, the expectation was that the rookies would be brought along slowly, learning behind Golden State's battered All-Star cast. The myriad injuries changed that, though, forcing both into more minutes than initially anticipated.

While Paschall has flourished in that spot (15.6 points and 4.6 rebounds in 30.8 minutes per game), Poole has struggled. Since Curry's injury in the fourth game of the season, Poole has shot 29 percent from the field, and he has hit just five of his last 28 shots over his last two contests.

The trickle-down effect started on the eve of training camp, when Warriors general manager Bob Myers announced that center Willie Cauley-Stein would miss most of October with a foot strain. Two days later, rookie Alen Smailagic rolled his ankle and Looney strained his hamstring in the same controlled scrimmage.

Last month, Curry broke his hand, sidelining the guard until at least February. Two nights later, forward Draymond Green tore a ligament in his left index finger. On Monday, two-way guard Damion Lee fractured his hand.

Amid all those injuries, Warriors coach Steve Kerr trotted out his ninth starting lineup of the season Friday, with two-way guard Ky Bowman at the point. For a moment, it worked.

Midway through the third quarter, Bowman intercepted a pass, ran cross court and dunked over Grant Williams, cutting the Celtics' lead to three. Two minutes later, Alec Burk stripped Boston guard Brandon Wanamaker, setting up a fast-break layup that gave Golden State a brief 82-80 lead before the Celtics rallied and held on in the fourth quarter.

The Warriors' current reality is much different than their immediate past. After winning 78 percent of their games over five years, they now find themselves with a roster that lost Kevin Durant to free agency, while Curry and Klay Thompson's rehabs are expected to last until at least February. Their 2-11 record is the NBA's worst.

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Minutes after the final buzzer Friday, there were reminders of potential hopes lost. Curry's hand swelled out of his cast as he walked near a team official. In the locker room, Paschall sported an ice pack on his right hand, and Poole reconciled an ankle injury that he said wouldn't affect him.

As the Warriors packed for another road trip, potentially with just eight healthy bodies for the foreseeable future, another reminder that the team's development is coming at a hefty price was evident.

Warriors' D'Angelo Russell out at least two weeks with right thumb sprain

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Warriors' D'Angelo Russell out at least two weeks with right thumb sprain

Add another one to the list.

After leaving Friday night’s loss to the Celtics with a thumb injury, an MRI has confirmed a right thumb sprain for All-Star guard D'Angelo Russell.

Russell will not travel with the team on the upcoming four-game road trip and will be re-evaluated in two weeks.

Golden State’s already lengthy injury report adds another name, as the team now stands with just nine healthy players as the team embarks for New Orleans on Saturday to kick off the trip.