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Stephen Curry confirms that he will play season opener

Stephen Curry, Donta Smith

Golden State Warriors’ Stephen Curry drives toward the basket as Maccabi Haifa’s Donta Smith covers during the second half of a preseason exhibition NBA basketball game in Oakland, Calif., Thursday, Oct. 11, 2012. (AP Photo/George Nikitin)

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It hasn’t been ideal, but it could have been worse. Stephen Curry started out the preseason going slow, then still tweaked his surgically-repaired ankle, and after that coach Mark Jackson shut him down for the rest of the preseason. That included sitting out practices this week.

But come opening night, Curry will be ready to go, he told Matt Steinmetz of CSNBayArea.com.

“We’re just continuing to play it smart,” Jackson said of Curry. “We don’t need him today. It’s making sure he’s ready when it matters most. But it’s just precautionary reasons.”

Curry, who missed 40 games last season because of ankle issues, said he will be ready for the opener.


That’s good news, because Andrew Bogut will not. While he has been cleared for 5-on-5 work he has only played in the half court. He may be back fairly soon but not by Halloween night when the Warriors open in Phoenix.

And without Bogut’s defense in the paint, they are going to need Curry and his offense. A whole lot of offense.