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Stephen Curry scratched minutes before Charlotte game due to illness (not COVID-19 related)

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Golden State Warriors star Stephen Curry was a late scratch Saturday night against the Charlotte Hornets after he became ill before tipoff.

The team said the illness is not COVID-19 related and that Curry was “just not feeling well.”

Curry had not been listed on the team’s injury report. He went through warmups and was even introduced before the game, but had returned to the locker room at that point. Mychal Mulder started in Curry’s place.

Even Dell Curry, Steph’s father, seemed surprised. The elder Curry, a broadcaster for the Hornets, said on air: “Want me to send a text to his phone?”

Curry normally relishes a chance to play in his hometown of Charlotte, even though no fans are attending games this year at the Spectrum Center due to the pandemic.

Warriors coach Steve Kerr said he hopes Curry is feeling better and can play Tuesday against the New York Knicks.

Golden State lost to Charlotte after a wild ending where Draymond Green got ejected and Terry Rozier hit a buzzer-beater game-winner.