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Steph will miss at least another week with tailbone injury

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Warriors' Steph Curry

Warriors star Steph Curry will miss at least another week with a tailbone injury.

The two-time NBA MVP will be re-evaluated in a week after a Tuesday MRI on his tailbone revealed inflammation, Golden State coach Steve Kerr told reporters in a video conference ahead of the Warriors' game against the Philadelphia 76ers.

"He had made some progress the first couple of days, just resting, and then he did a little bit more work yesterday and was still pretty sore," Kerr said. "So our training staff and Steph put their heads together and decided this is gonna be a little bit longer than we thought and hoped."

Curry will not play Tuesday, nor will he play Thursday against the Kings, Friday against the Atlanta Hawks and Monday against the Chicago Bulls. The 33-year-old didn't play in either of Golden State's last two games after falling on his tailbone in the third quarter of last Wednesday's road win over the Houston Rockets.

The Warriors open a three-game road trip on April 1 against the Miami Heat, and it's possible Curry will be healthy enough to play against the reigning Eastern Conference champions. Curry entered Tuesday tied for fourth in the NBA in scoring average (29.0 points per game).

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Jordan Poole will start again in Curry's place Tuesday. Since returning from the G League bubble earlier this month, the 21-year-old is averaging 20.9 points per game while shooting 54.5 percent from the field, 44.2 percent on 3-pointers and 88.2 percent from the free-throw line.

 

"Confidence [is key], and his decision-making has been so on point," Kerr said when a reporter asked about Poole's improvement. "He has two turnovers, I think, during that stretch. His efficiency, in terms of catching the ball and making his decision, is so much quicker."

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