Warriors point guard Stephen Curry did not practice Tuesday due to his sprained right ankle and is officially listed as day-to-day. According to a team official, Curry has not been ruled out for Wednesday’s home game vs. the New York Knicks, as reported by USA Today.
Curry had an MRI on his surgically repaired right ankle Tuesday afternoon. The x-rays he took Monday night after Golden State’s win over Chicago came back negative, the team announced. Curry re-aggravated his injury midway through the fourth quarter and did not return.
If he sat out Wednesday’s game, he would have four days of rest and treatment since Golden State doesn’t play again until Saturday against visiting Philadelphia.
Sunday’s season-opening loss to the Clippers left lots of questions heading into Game 2 tonight.
Needless to say, this one is vital. Golden State needs to take advantage of having a four-game home stand to start the season. Going 1-3, or even 2-2, heading into a three-game road trip (Suns, Spurs, Lakers) would be really bad.
Finally, NBA basketball is back in the Bay Area. Real basketball.
Golden State kicks off the 2011-12 campaign by hosting the Los Angeles Clippers. Needless to say, a good start is vital for the Warriors. Forward David Lee said the key to a successful season is dominating at home.
LEE: “Every game we play at Oracle I expect to win. We need to get much better as a team on the road this year. But I think that’s gotta be our team’s mindset. If a team’s going to come in and get a victory at Oracle, it’s going to be because they had a great shooting night or they played above what they’re capable of playing or they played a great game. With our fan base and how good we were at home last year, and we’re going to be a much-improved team this year, we need to settle for nothing but victories at home.”
So as we prepare for the opener, here are some things to watch for tonight:
Warriors point guard Stephen Curry got some good news from Wednesday’s MRI on his sprained right ankle.
Tests revealed Curry didn’t sustain any ligament damage and the repairs made in his offseason surgery are still in tact. Curry will officially be listed as day-to-day, but it’s going to take some quick healing for him to be able to play on Sunday.
Warriors point guard Stephen Curry was helped off the court Tuesday with an apparent ankle injury.
In the final minute of the first half, Curry rolled his right ankle while backpedaling to the defensive end. He limped a few steps before falling to the hardwood. He limped to the locker room with the help of teammates, barely putting any pressure on that ankle.
Ish Smith started the second half in Curry’s place.
The same ankle gave Curry problems all last season, causing him to miss eight games. He had surgery over the summer to repair torn ligaments in that ankle. He spent months rehabilitating the ankle before getting clearance in September.
The Warriors and guard Monta Ellis are being sued by a former employee for sexual harassment.
According to an email from the Law Offices of Burton F. Boltuch, the plaintiff will file the suit Wednesday morning in Oakland at the Superior Court of Alameda County. Afterward, a press conference will be held to discuss the allegations.
According to Boltuch, the plaintiff is accusing Ellis of sexually harassing her from November 2010 to January 2011. The accuser, according to Boltuch, has photo evidence of the harrassment, which he claims was sent from Ellis’ cell phone to the plaintiff.
The photo will be revealed – along with the identity of the accuser – at the press conference, Boltuch said.
“You will be shocked when you see it,” Boltuch said. “It’s pretty disgusting and graphic.”
The Warriors are being accused of covering for Ellis. Boltuch alleges his client was let go “because they wanted to cover it up.”
Boltuch said his client tried to resolve the matter previously, but the Warriors refused.
Golden State’s trade of Lou Amundson to Indiana for Brandon Rush is expected to go through Monday.
Safe to say the Warriors feel comfortable with their rotation at power forward and center, though Saturday night’s preseason win over Sacramento might have thrown a kink in the rotation. (For the immediate future at least, it looks like Ekpe Udoh will be the first big off the bench, likely for starting center Andris Biedrins. That means by the time free agent acquisition Kwame Brown gets healthy, he’ll have to work his way up from third-string center).
So the Warriors moved their excess in the frontcourt, sending Amundson to Indiana. Amundson was the third power forward and no better than the third center, likely fourth once Kwame gets in shape.
In exchange, the Warriors bolstered their wing depth. Adding Rush -a 6-foot-6 swingman (primarily shooting guard) who was drafted No. 13 out of Kansas in 2008 – gives the Warriors more length and athleticism off the bench. Read the rest of this entry »