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Warriors PG Stephen Curry Sprains Right Ankle at Shootaround

Warriors point guard Stephen Curry, who was already dealing with an ailing right knee after hyperextending on Sunday, is a game-time decision after spraining his right ankle in Wednesday’s shootaround, according to a team official.

Yes, that ankle.

Curry had gone the first 36 games without any ankle issues. After offseason surgery, his second in two years, his troublesome right ankle had been cured. But Wednesday during drills, Curry landed on the foot of Festus Ezeli. He is in wait and see mode, receiving treatment and monitoring how his ankle responds. But I wouldn’t bank on him playing, especially considering coach Mark Jackson history for being cautious.

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Warriors Talked with Memphis About Rudy Gay … “Nothing There”

According to a source, the Warriors engaged in preliminary talks with Memphis about star small forward Rudy Gay. But the talks didn’t produced much as Memphis is not interested in taking the Warriors’ less-desirable contracts (such as Richard Jefferson) and the Grizzlies want what the Warriors don’t have.

Yahoo! Sports reported Tuesday morning that Memphis and Phoenix are engaged in trade talks. The story, citing sources, said the Grizzlies are shopping Gay. They did stop at the Warriors door.

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Warriors PG Stephen Curry Will Have to Pull Out the Handles vs. Clippers Tonight

His junior year of high school, Stephen Curry was given a nickname by the coaches at the Top 100 camp: Samsonite.

Because he comes with handles.

“I’ve always liked handling the ball and been pretty good at it,” Curry said after Saturday’s shootaround. “That’s how I play all the time. I try to be as creative as possible.”

Lately, as teams try harder to stop him, Curry has had to lean heavily on that element of his game. With the steady pressure of the Los Angeles Clippers — especially Chris Paul, who can be a ball-hawk when he wants to — you can expect to see some of Curry’s fancy dribbling tonight.

Curry lit up the Clippers guards for 31 points in Wednesday’s win at Oracle Arena. He dropped 25 in the first half, prompting the Clippers to step up the pressure and double-team Curry.

It’s probably safe to presume the Clippers will employ similar measures from the outset tonight against the Warriors, who are 2-0 against the Clippers this season.

But Warriors coach Mark Jackson said Curry, when healthy, has the skills to prevent teams from taking completely out of his game. One of them is ball-handling, which Jackson said is one of the most underrated parts of Curry’s game.

Jackson, who spent 17 years dribbling through NBA defenses, said he doesn’t view “handles” as being able to do crazy tricks. He considers it that unteachable control of the ball and the skill to manipulate defenses. It’s that innate ability to improvise, dribble instinctively. Intangible qualities you can’t really teach.

“You can get better, but then there is the next level: the gift,”Jackson said. “(Curry) has it. He’s got it all — the ability to lull you to sleep, the ability to change speeds, the ability to handle it with both hands equally as effective. That keeps not only his defender off balance, but all five guys.”

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Warriors PG Jarrett Jack Misses Practice; What is Kent Bazemore’s Fate?

Warriors point guard Jarrett Jack’s status for Saturday’s rematch against the host Los Angeles Clippers is uncertain.

Jack said he was lifting weights Thursday and hurt his right elbow. Said he felt tightness after doing some presses, and it was bad enough to keep him out practice on Friday.

JACK: “I’m going to ice it, take an anti-inflammatory and see what happens.”

When I asked him if he would play, he said “I hope so.” He said he will test it out Saturday to see if he can play. That would be a big blow to the Warriors, who have come to rely on Jack, especially down the stretch.

But he’s from D.C., so there’s a good chance he’ll get his RGIII on and play anyway.

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Revisiting Game 32: Warriors Handle the Clippers Again

The Los Angeles Clippers, headed for a second straight blow-out loss in as many nights, cranked up the physicality. They swiped, pushed, smacked and clobbered, hoping to derail the Warriors.

It didn’t work.

MATT BARNES: “We just got beat from start to finish. The bottom line was they beat us to the punch tonight in every aspect.”

The Warriors (22-10) bucked back, beating the Clippers 115-94, displaying the resilience and confidence that has marked their season.

The Warriors’ much anticipated showdown with the Los Angeles Clippers proved to be the latest statement of Golden State’s legitimacy. The Warriors (22-10) handled one of the best teams in the NBA.

After winning 17 straight, Los Angeles left Oracle Arena with its second straight loss and just a 2.5 game lead over the Warriors in the Pacific Division standings.

The Warriors are now 7-1 when they hold opponents below 40 percent and 20-2 when they in the battle of the boards.

More on Wednesday’s victory …

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