Warriors fans got a scare Friday morning when Bleacher Report's Ric Bucher reported that it was "unlikely" Steph Curry would play this season.
The organization has spent the day shooting down the report, with the latest denial coming from coach Steve Kerr about 90 minutes before the Warriors were set to take on the Timberwolves in Minnesota.
"I have no idea where that came from," Kerr told reporters at Target Center. "I talked to [general manager] Bob [Myers] and [director of sports medicine and performance] Rick [Celebrini] and nothing has changed on our front. Steph will be re-evaluated in three months, and at that point, we will have an update. The plan is for him to be back on the court playing when he's deemed ready to go by our training staff. So that one was kind of a head-scratcher."
Earlier in the day, NBC Sports Bay Area's Logan Murdock reported that the Warriors were "strongly refuting" Bucher's report, and that a source said Curry's timeline hadn't changed since they announced last week that the two-time MVP will be re-evaluated in February.
A few hours after his initial report, Bucher offered a clarification stating that Curry wouldn't play "because there's no competitive reason."
Kerr was asked if the Warriors had considered not bringing Curry back if they were out of the playoff race, and the coach scoffed at that notion.
"No. Steph wants to play," Kerr said. "We want to put the best possible product on the floor for our fans. People come from all over to watch Steph Curry play basketball. And he's going to be bored. He's probably already bored. He's dying to play. We were all sort of confused by who the source was, because really, I would be a good source. So I'm just tell you now as your source, nothing has changed. Bob and Rick will tell you the same thing."
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The Warriors are 1-3 in games without Curry, and sit at 2-6 entering Friday's game against the Timberwolves. By the time February rolls around, their record will be pretty ugly.
It makes no sense for the Warriors to rule Curry out now, but if they are 20 games under .500, their tune might change about sitting him for the rest of the season.