Monte Poole: ‘Steph’s fine. He’ll play.’ #Warriors coach Steve Kerr on, well, you know who tonight vs #Celtics.
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Chris Haynes: ESPN Source: Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry (right thigh contusion) will play tonight against the Boston Celtics.
Mark Medina: Steph Curry still listed as probable for tomorrow against Boston. Curry went through light practice
Tim Bontemps: The Warriors announce Stephen Curry is probable for tomorrow’s game against the Celtics. Should be a fun one in Boston.
Connor Letourneau: Stephen Curry is probable for Thursday’s game in Boston,
Anthony Slater: Kerr on Curry’s absence: “Kevin (Durant) will have the ball more tonight. I’m sure he’ll run more screen and rolls.”
Chris Haynes: Golden State guard Stephen Curry will be sidelined for tonight’s game against Orlando with right thigh contusion. Ruled questionable prior. Shaun Livingston to start.
Anthony Slater: Steve Kerr said the Steph Curry thigh bruise is similar to Durant’s recently, Curry would play if it was a playoff game, but ‘no-brainer’ to rest him. Likely back vs Celtics on Thursday.
Anthony Slater: Shaun Livingston will start tonight for Curry. Quinn Cook will be active as backup PG. Jordan Bell inactive.
Anthony Slater: No nail-clipper today. Steve Kerr solves rubik’s cube while waiting for media to tweet out Curry news.
Mark Medina: Stephen Curry still listed as questionable for tonight’s game vs Orlando. Curry did not participate in morning shootaround
Anthony Slater: Official word from Warriors: Steph Curry, left knee tweaked, got it taped, will return.
Ben Golliver: Stephen Curry says he has “a little bit of swelling” on right elbow. No pain. Wearing sleeve to help control swelling. Doesn’t impact shot
Marc J. Spears: Warriors guard Stephen Curry says his left ankle is just fine and joked that he will not try to dunk anymore.
Anthony Slater: Warriors list Steph Curry as probable vs Jazz tomorrow, Matt Barnes (ankle/foot sprain) as out.
Connor Letourneau: Stephen Curry (left knee contusion) is out tonight.
Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry had to make an afternoon trip to the dentist Saturday after experiencing discomfort, league sources told ESPN.
Details of the visit are unknown at this time, as is the severity of the issue. He experienced discomfort following a noon practice and an afternoon Under Armour promotional appearance.
Chris Haynes: Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry (left quad soreness) tells ESPN he will play tonight against the Los Angeles Clippers.
Marc J. Spears: Warriors coach Steve Kerr believes Stephen Curry (quad) will likely play tonight versus Clippers, but he still has to test it in work out.
Marc Stein: The Warriors just announced Stephen Curry is questionable for tomorrow night’s game against the Clippers due to left lateral quad soreness
Aside from a two-week run-up after his extended break, they went “pedal to the medal.” Twice a day, six days a week, the routine interrupted briefly by Curry’s Under Armour trip to China in early September. The good news, as Payne sees it? “He’s the strongest he’s ever been,” he said with a smile. Q: There was so much talk about Steph’s knee and the part it played in the Finals. How did you see it? How bad a shape was he in? A: “You know, the injury he had, it wasn’t a bad injury. It just needed rest. That’s really all it was. It wasn’t like he was ever in jeopardy of having a procedure or anything like that. He just needed rest. So five weeks of rest was good.”
“As bad as I wanted it to be him (in the Finals), it wasn’t him,” said Payne, who has worked with Curry since 2011 and spent much of the late summer leading two-a-day workouts with Curry six times a week while living in the Bay Area. “We don’t like to make excuses, and we’re not going to make excuses because all that matters is what happens in the 48 minutes when you’re on the floor. (But) I wish it was the other version of him, the version that we saw for 82 games.”
Since his first injury, in Game 1 against the Houston Rockets, Curry hasn’t really been Curry. He’s struggled to turn the corner on defenders on his way to the rim, and he’s had a troubling turnover rate, which may have happened (in part) because he found himself with unfamiliar passing lanes after being unable to create his usual space. Curry’s dropoff was also evident in his shooting weeks ago, and it hasn’t improved. Since his return, Curry has been worse in virtually every significant metric — even compared to his pre-injury performance against the same opponents:
Game Score is an imperfect metric for combining box score stats, but in this case, it gets the job done. Pre-injury, Curry performed better against his playoff opponents this season than he did against a typical team. Moreover, he performed similarly against all four squads. Looking at the bottom line: The Warriors went 10-7 with Curry playing after his first injury. Again, although that doesn’t look dramatic, the likelihood of it happening by chance alone can be quite slim: For a team that wins 90 percent of games, the chances of losing seven of 17 are around 1 in 10,000. At 80 percent, they’re around 1 in 100, and at 70 percent, they’re around 1 in 10.
A source says Stephen Curry consulted a orthopedist in Southern California. Steph’s MRI showed issues with both shoulders as well as his knees, some of which may require surgery this summer.
Golden State Warriors: “My previous experiences with USA Basketball have been incredibly rewarding, educational and enjoyable, which made this an extremely difficult decision for me and my family. However, due to several factors – including recent ankle and knee injuries – I believe this is the best decision for me at this stage of my career. It’s an incredible honor to represent your country and wear ‘USA’ on your chest, but my primary basketball-related objective this summer needs to focus on my body and getting ready for the 2016-17 NBA season.”
Stephen Curry will not play in the 2016 Summer Olympics in Brazil and he may not be the only Warriors star to opt out. According to multiple sources, Curry has already told USA Basketball he will not be playing for a gold medal. He will instead let his right knee heal. This is good news for the Warriors, who usually like their players in these high-profile opportunities because it helps the overall brand. It’s a smart move by Curry, who is piling on the mileage now that the Warriors are champions.
Ben Bolch: Steve Kerr: “Nobody has said anything about Steph being 70% to me. Our training staff, relatives, friends, sources with knowledge of our team’s thinking—nobody has told me he’s 70%.”
Nothing more, nothing less. But for Curry, after knocking down 402 threes at 45.4% during the regular season, it has to be something more. Doesn’t it? As USA TODAY’s Sam Amick wrote, Curry insists he’s just fine. So does coach Steve Kerr, who — after Tuesday night’s 118-94 loss — said that Curry “just had a lousy night.” “It happens, even to the best players in the world,” Kerr added.
Curry has been a shell of himself – missing shots, throwing away passes, losing his dribble, and completely unable to prove that there’s Curry-esque agility in that knee. “He’s playing at 70 percent, at best,” a source close to Curry told The Vertical. Curry refuses to make excuses, but privately the Thunder see something – no explosion, no ability to make the bigs switching onto him pay a price. Twenty points on 19 shots Tuesday night bore no resemblance to the two-time NBA Most Valuable Player.
Royce Young: Steph on his health: “No. I’m fine.”
Kevin Ding: Kerr on Curry: “He’s not injured.”
And like Adams told reporters yesterday about his thumb and his groin area, Curry too said he was fine heading towards Sunday night’s Game 3. “The swelling went down so no worries,” Curry told reporters after the Warriors’ Friday practice.
Ethan Strauss: Kerr on Curry’s elbow: “It’s fine. Nothing wrong.” Curry did not have the elbow drained, Kerr confirms es.pn/1Tsiftf
Stephen Curry said he hit his right elbow on this metal section between the hardwood court and the first row of stands at Oracle Arena when he fell while chasing a loose ball in the first half of Wednesday’s game.
There’s no way Curry won’t be making as big an impact as he possibly can as the defending NBA champions move closer to their goal of a repeat title. “Hopefully, it will be close to 100 percent by Monday night,” Curry said after practice Friday.
Marc Stein: The Warriors say Stephen Curry will play tonight.
Rosalyn Gold-Onwude: Kerr says Steph Curry is questionable for Game 4. Did shootaround. Felt pretty good. Will get treatment again.
Draymond Green: “I don’t really worry about when Steph is coming back. Obviously, I’d love to have him back. We can’t worry about it because then it becomes something that’s hanging over our head as opposed to us preparing to play the best we possibly can. If he’s out there, absolutely we want him back. We look forward to him being back. But we can’t prepare that way. We have to prepare to win without him.”
Curry hasn’t played since April 24th and has missed the Warriors’ last four games after slipping on a damp spot on the court in Game 4 against the Houston Rockets. He played 2-on-2 with Warriors coaches before Saturday’s game and then did some 3-on-3 work on Sunday. “He looked about like he looked yesterday in terms of movement,” Kerr said. “Conditioning is going to be an issue, but hopefully he can get more and more work in and we’ll see how it comes up tomorrow.”
Adam Lauridsen: Steve Kerr says Curry’s lateral movement looked good.
Adam Lauridsen: Steve Kerr on Curry: “He looked pretty good. Conditioning seemed to be an issue.” Says he’s doubtful for tomorrow.
The MVP is making progress but he won’t be playing Saturday night in front of an ABC audience. Warriors head coach Steve Kerr confirmed that soon-to-be back-to-back MVP Stephen Curry will not play as he continues to recover from a sprained right knee. Kerr did say that Curry did some stuff earlier on Saturday, which included playing 2-on-2 with some of the Warriors’ assistant coaches. It wasn’t quite a full simluation and it wasn’t even 3-on-3, but it was the closest Curry has come to simulating live game action since injuring his knee back on April 24.
Curry’s post-practice shooting drills were downgraded from Area 51 experiment to viewable by local media. Which means the Warriors aren’t as worried about Curry aggravating his sprained right MCL and someone catching it on Snapchat. Which means Curry is making meaningful progress. Which means his injured knee might not cost them a title after all. “By far the best he’d looked,” Kerr said. “He’s made progress every day. But he looked much, much better than he did even two days ago.”
You can find all sorts of insider information, guesses and speculation about whether Stephen Curry will play against the Trail Blazers Saturday night in Game 3 of their best-of-seven playoff series against the Golden State Warriors. The prevailing opinion seems to be that Curry won’t return. But does Portland Coach Terry Stotts expect Curry — who has been out with an MCL sprain to his right knee — to be back in action?: “Yes,” Stotts said with apparent certainty Thursday afternoon, prior to his team’s practice.
Monte Poole: Warriors are scrimmaging, as coach Steve Kerr indicated. It must be a good one, as now approaching 2 hours. No word yet on Steph Curry.
Shaquille O’Neal on Stephen Curry: When you’re talking about an MCL sprain, rehab is all about going straight. Riding the bike straight, in the pool straight. But when you’re dealing with that MCL, you come out and try to play in a game, now you got to start doing that lateral movement. Bending knees, banging knees…. “ Kenny Smith on Stephen Curry: I understand what Shaq and Charles are saying, but it’s going to come to a point where he has to play against competition, and he’s gonna be rusty, and he’s gonna have to get himself back into game shape. So if it’s Saturday, or Monday…. I understand what Steve [Kerr] is saying. If he’s healthy, he’s gonna be rusty or he’s going to have to play through rust. So, there’s no way to save him anymore if he’s healthy. [Golden State] are not going to win a championship without him, so they have to try to do it with him. And if he’s healthy, eventually he’s gonna have to be thrown into the fire.
Diamond Leung: Warriors officially list Stephen Curry as out on Tuesday.
Ethan Strauss: Kerr says Curry didn’t practice today, will shoot around later.
Tim Kawakami: Draymond Green’s theme: “I just told the guys that we got to come out with a defensive mind-set and that’s pretty much it… When Steph’s out there, we can go toe-to-toe with anybody from offense and probably have the advantage. But when he’s not out there, you’ve got to get it done on the defensive end you’ve got to get it done on the defensive end.”
Matt Steinmetz: Lisa Salters: “Chances we’ll see you (Game 3) Saturday?” Steph Curry: “To me, they’re pretty good.”
Marc J. Spears: Warriors guard Stephen Curry did standstill shooting yesterday and is progressing well, Steve Kerr said. Kerr says chances “slim” for Game 2.
Marc J. Spears: Warriors coach Steve Kerr said Stephen Curry could be tested in a 5-on-5 scrimmage Thursday or Friday if all goes well during this week.
Warriors coach Steve Kerr officially ruled guard Stephen Curry out of Game 1 on Sunday against the Portland Trail Blazers, but left open a crack of hope that he could possibly play in Game 2 on Tuesday night. “I’d be shocked if he played Tuesday because he hasn’t even been out on the floor yet,” Kerr said. “I’m not going to rule him out for Tuesday, but not much of a chance he’d play then.”
Kerr did say Curry would likely get back on the floor in the next few days and it would be an easier situation to evaluate. “If he can progress throughout the week, fortunately Game 3 isn’t until Saturday,” the coach said. “Maybe we’ll get a chance to see him on the court for a couple of days and see what it looks like. That’s all I can tell you.”
Monte Poole: More Steph: He will try to return ahead of original 2-wk minimum absence. (May 9)
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