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Warriors’ Shaun Livingston on contract situation: ‘I want to stay here as long as I can’

Golden State Warriors' Draymond Green (23) congratulates teammate Shaun Livingston (34) after a basket against the Houston Rockets during the fourth quarter of Game 2 of the first round of the NBA Western Conference playoffs at Oracle Arena in Oakland, Calif., on Monday, April 18, 2016. (Jose Carlos Fajardo/Bay Area News Group)

Golden State Warriors’ Draymond Green (23) congratulates teammate Shaun Livingston (34) after a basket against the Houston Rockets during the fourth quarter of Game 2 of the first round of the NBA Western Conference playoffs at Oracle Arena in Oakland, Calif., on Monday, April 18, 2016. (Jose Carlos Fajardo/Bay Area News Group)

HOUSTON — Warriors point guard Shaun Livingston expressed a desire Thursday to return to the team next season and beyond.

“I want to stay here as long as I can,” Livingston said. “It’s a unique and special situation. A lot of guys including myself, I want to here for as long as I possibly can depending on the contract situation.”

The Warriors signed Livingston to a three-year, $16 million contract, with a team option for the 2016-17 season that includes partially guaranteed money — a buyout in the unlikely scenario he isn’t retained.

Warriors general manager Bob Myers strongly indicated the team would pick up that option after Livingston as the backup to Stephen Curry averaged 6.3 points and 3 assists in a second straight season of playing 78 games.

“It’s a good deal for us, and we see him in our future,” Myers told 95.7 The Game on Wednesday.

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Warriors’ Stephen Curry now pain-free walking on ankle, but still questionable for Game 3 against Houston Rockets

Golden State Warriors' Stephen Curry (30) celebrates a basket by a teammate during their game against the Houston Rockets in the first quarter of Game 2 of the first round of the NBA Western Conference playoffs at Oracle Arena in Oakland, Calif., on Monday, April 18, 2016. (Nhat V. Meyer/Bay Area News Group)

Golden State Warriors’ Stephen Curry (30) celebrates a basket by a teammate during their game against the Houston Rockets in the first quarter of Game 2 of the first round of the NBA Western Conference playoffs at Oracle Arena in Oakland, Calif., on Monday, April 18, 2016. (Nhat V. Meyer/Bay Area News Group)

OAKLAND — Stephen Curry reported to Warriors general Bob Myers on Tuesday he was walking on his right ankle without pain, but he remains questionable for Game 3 against the Houston Rockets.

Myers told 95.7 The Game a determination on Curry’s status was expected be made Thursday morning before shootaround unlike when discomfort from the sprained ankle cut short the reigning MVP’s warmup routine shortly prior to Game 2.

“He won’t play until he’s pain-free and able to move freely on the court,” Myers said Wednesday. “But if he is, then you say, ‘If you’re actually pain-free and go through all these mobility tests that test the strength of the ankle as compared to the other one, if you feel like you’ve ruled out any risk’…then you let the guy play. But until you get that moment, it’s pretty easy to say, ‘Don’t play. You’ve got pain, and it’s pain when you cut, and it’s pain when you plant.'”

Curry felt exactly that going through an abbreviated pregame routine Monday, according to Myers. Curry punched basketball in frustration, walked off the court and was relegated to the sideline in a game the Warriors went on to win to take a 2-0 game in the first-round series.

Myers said that Curry walking pain-free was “kind of new,” describing the discomfort before Game 2 as “limited, very slight pain.”

An MRI exam that Curry underwent Tuesday confirmed there was no major injury.

“The MRI was more precautionary just to rule out anything that someone might be missing,” Myers said. “Initially we thought there was no need for one, and that probably was correct to feel like there was no need for one, but then thinking on it, we said, ‘Why don’t we just get one just to make sure? What’s the point? There’s no harm in getting an MRI.’ There is a two percent chance you miss something. But it didn’t show anything unexpected.”

Curry suffered what the team called a “tweak” of the ankle while running back on defense in the second quarter of Game 1, causing him to miss most of the second half.

“If he’s 100 percent, he’ll play,” Myers said. “I know a lot of people say, ‘Just don’t play him at all,’ but if you’re 100 percent, you can play. But that’s the part that’s hard to discern sometimes is what is 100 percent. You have to trust the athlete. You have to trust your staff, the doctors. Fortunately, he didn’t feel like nor did anybody else feel like this was any major trauma or injury that was suffered.”

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Warriors’ Stephen Curry to undergo MRI today

Golden State Warriors' Stephen Curry (30) drives to the hoop against Houston Rockets' Jason Terry (31) in the fourth quarter of Game 5 of the NBA Western Conference finals at Oracle Arena in Oakland, Calif., on Wednesday, May 27, 2015. (Ray Chavez/Bay Area News Group)

Golden State Warriors’ Stephen Curry (30) drives to the hoop against Houston Rockets’ Jason Terry (31) in the fourth quarter of Game 5 of the NBA Western Conference finals at Oracle Arena in Oakland, Calif., on Wednesday, May 27, 2015. (Ray Chavez/Bay Area News Group)

OAKLAND — Stephen Curry is scheduled to undergo an MRI exam on Tuesday, according to a Warriors spokesman.

The Warriors listed Curry as questionable to play in Game 3 of their first-round series at Houston on Thursday due to a right ankle injury.

“It’s the back of his foot,” Warriors coach Steve Kerr said after Curry missed Game 2. “It’s underneath the ankle. It’s something down there.”

Curry punched at a basketball after cutting short his warmup routine before Monday’s game, two days after suffering the injury while running back on defense in Game 1 against the Rockets.

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Warriors’ Stephen Curry will miss Game 2 against Houston Rockets due to ankle injury

Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry (30) waits for play to resume during the first quarter of an NBA basketball game against the Boston Celtics in Boston, Friday, Dec. 11, 2015. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)

Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry (30) waits for play to resume during the first quarter of an NBA basketball game against the Boston Celtics in Boston, Friday, Dec. 11, 2015. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)

OAKLAND — Stephen Curry will not play in Game 2 of the Warriors’ first-round playoff series against the Houston Rockets due to his injured right ankle.

Curry appeared on the court for warmups, but cut short the routine and left the floor shaking his head. Later, owner Joe Lacob and general manager Bob Myers entered the training room.

Missing the game would give Curry at least four days of rest before potentially playing in Game 3 on Thursday in Houston.

Warriors coach Steve Kerr said before the warmup that the team would “definitely err on the side of caution.”

“It’s not worth risking turning this into a long-term issue,” Kerr said.

Curry was injured in the second quarter of the Warriors’ win in Game 1 on Saturday in what the team described as a “tweak” suffered when he ran back on defense.

Kerr said he spoke with Curry earlier in the day about the team’s decision-making process when it came to his right ankle, which was surgically repaired in April 2012.

“Steph is a very rational person.,” Kerr said. “He’s easy to speak with, and we kind of went over the different scenarios, and he understands we have first of all his best interests at heart, his career. We know that he had surgery on that ankle four years ago, so he’s got a lot of basketball ahead of him, and there’s plenty of cases in the past where people have played through stuff and it didn’t turn out so well. Grant Hill being the one that always jumps out at me, and whether that’s the same type of thing as this, I don’t really know. But I do know that we have to look after his health because the competitor that he is, he’s going to want to play.”

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Warriors’ Draymond Green: ‘I don’t think I set illegal screens’

Golden State Warriors' Draymond Green (23) celebrates his basket against the New Orleans Pelicans in the third quarter at Oracle Arena in Oakland, Calif., on Monday, March 14, 2016. (Nhat V. Meyer/Bay Area News Group)

Golden State Warriors’ Draymond Green (23) celebrates his basket against the New Orleans Pelicans in the third quarter at Oracle Arena in Oakland, Calif., on Monday, March 14, 2016. (Nhat V. Meyer/Bay Area News Group)

OAKLAND — Houston Rockets star James Harden laughed when asked about seeing some moving screens in Game 1 against the Warriors that the officials didn’t call.

“What do you think?” Harden said Sunday. “You saw it.”

ClutchFans, a Rockets fan website, went ahead and released a compilation video of screens the Warriors set throughout the season that it deemed illegal, including ones from Game 1 on Saturday.

Warriors forward Draymond Green, who often is the subject of ire from fans who believe he sets illegal screens, said Monday he hadn’t seen the video and didn’t care to.

“I don’t think I set illegal screens,” Green said. “We set screens just like anybody else. My guys get open shots because they got two of the quickest releases in the NBA. Everybody else in the NBA sets the same screens we set. They just don’t got the shooters we got. That ain’t my fault. I mean, like I can’t shoot like Klay (Thompson) and Steph (Curry) either. Am I supposed to cry about it? No, you do what you can do. It ain’t our fault they can’t get it up their shot off as quick as Klay and Steph can. So big deal. Go find somebody that can shoot that quick. I don’t care.

“I’d rather you have my last dollar than I have it. That’s how I’ve always been. I look at a screen like that. I’d rather me help you get a shot than I get a shot. So if I’m helping you get a shot, I feel good about that.”

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Warriors’ Stephen Curry on discrimination: ‘That’s not tolerable. Nowhere. And it just sucks that it’s in my home state’

Golden State Warriors' Stephen Curry (30) talks to the media with his daughter Riley after their 104-90 win against the Houston Rockets for Game 5 of the NBA Western Conference finals at the Oracle Arena in Oakland, Calif, on Wednesday, May 27, 2015. (Nhat V. Meyer/Bay Area News Group)

Golden State Warriors’ Stephen Curry (30) talks to the media with his daughter Riley after their 104-90 win against the Houston Rockets for Game 5 of the NBA Western Conference finals at the Oracle Arena in Oakland, Calif, on Wednesday, May 27, 2015. (Nhat V. Meyer/Bay Area News Group)

OAKLAND — Warriors star Stephen Curry had not heard NBA commissioner Adam Silver’s latest comments on the possibility of moving the 2017 All-Star game out of his native Charlotte.

Curry did address the matter for a third time since the so-called North Carolina “bathroom law” many believe target the LGBT community was passed last month, as it rules transgender people must use the bathroom based on the sex listed on the individual’s birth certificate.

“I know with the backlash the state has gotten, I’m pretty sure they have to handle their stance first,” Curry said Friday. “I’ve already kind of explained kind of how I feel about discrimination period. I think that’s not tolerable. Nowhere. And it just sucks that it’s in my home state, where there are a lot of great people there. The All-Star game hopefully being in Charlotte will be a huge thing for the city. I know the NBA will make the right decision when it comes time after North Carolina hopefully handles it.

NBA commissioner Adams Silver said Friday the league was “very concerned” about the “problematic” North Carolina law that it believes singles groups based on sexual orientation or gender identification.

No votes were taken at the league’s Board of Governors meeting about moving the 2017 All-Star game from Charlotte, but the owners were unanimous about standing against any form of discrimination and working to effect change in the state, according to Silver.

“I think that if we were to announce that we were moving our All-Star Game now, first of all, I’m not sure what incentive would be left for the legislatures in North Carolina to change the law if we announced that we were moving our game,” Silver told reporters.

“Ultimately our interest is in conducting a successful All-Star Game in North Carolina, having a team that can play in North Carolina, in a non-discriminatory environment.”

The NBA later clarified that Silver did not affirm the league would not move the game and that change would occur in a place where it does business and has deep ties.

“Of course Michael Jordan is not just the owner of the Charlotte Hornets, but he’s from North Carolina,” Silver said. “Chris Paul is from North Carolina. He’s the president of our Players’ Association. Steph Curry is from North Carolina. And so we are part of the community.”

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Clippers’ Doc Rivers jokes about Warriors owner Joe Lacob comments: ‘Good to be smarter than everybody’

Los Angeles Clippers head coach Doc Rivers leaves the floor at the end of the first half of an NBA basketball game against the Golden State Warriors, Sunday, March 8, 2015, at Oracle Arena in Oakland, Calif. (D. Ross Cameron/Bay Area News Group)

Los Angeles Clippers head coach Doc Rivers leaves the floor at the end of the first half of an NBA basketball game against the Golden State Warriors, Sunday, March 8, 2015, at Oracle Arena in Oakland, Calif. (D. Ross Cameron/Bay Area News Group)

Los Angeles Clippers coach Doc Rivers joked about Warriors owner Joe Lacob’s recent comments to the New York Times Magazine about the defending champions being “light-years ahead of probably every other team in structure, in planning, in how we’re going to go about things.”

“Just good to be smarter than everybody, you know?” Rivers joked on the Dan Le Batard Show on Friday. “It’s nice. It’s a nice place to be.

“But listen, when you win, you can talk. You know what they say, ‘To the victor go the spoils,’ and so you know, they’re the champs. Listen, they won 73 games. They’re obviously doing something right. You know and so you can’t say much about it until you beat them…You know what, if we win it, I’m going to have all kinds of things to say just like Joe.”

Rivers laughed.

Asked about Stephen Curry being ahead of everyone else, Rivers joked: “It’s from the planning that Joe Lacob’s doing. Clearly.”