Warriors coach Mark Jackson is going with Dominic McGuire as the starter and not Stephen Curry, who returned from a sprained right foot on Monday. However, Jackson said Curry will see action. He will just ease him back into his role as starting point guard primary player.
“I’m not going to play him 40 minutes,” Jackson said. “I think with the advantage of having two days off after tonight, we are going to use wisdom.”
Curry scored 12 points in nine minutes of Monday’s win at Washington. It was his first real action since spraining the deltoid ligament in his right foot on Feb. 22 at Phoenix. Curry sat out four straight games after the All-Star break, save for a three-second stint in a win over Atlanta when he just stood in the corner as a decoy.
Curry said he didn’t have any setbacks at Washington, so he considered the outing a success. Still, Jackson is playing it safe.
“He hasn’t practiced and quite honestly, isn’t 100 percent right now,” Jackson said. “So we want to be patient and smart about bringing him back.”
If Monday was any indication, expect Curry to play off the ball and Monta Ellis at the point. Jackson was concerned about having Curry chase around John Wall. Memphis’ PG Mike Conley Jr. poses similar threats, as he’s quick and crafty. Plus, Curry at shooting guard gives the Warriors’ a much-needed third scoring option, something they weren’t getting when he was out of the lineup.