Altercation Breaks out at Oracle Between Warriors and Blazers; Three Players Ejected

With 3:42 left in the third quarter, play was stopped  due to an altercation between the Warriors and Blazers. Two possible punches were thrown, though none appeared to have landed.

Andrew Bogut and and Joel Freeeland got tangled up in the key. Bogut shoved Freeland off him, and it look like he threw an elbow at Freeland that appeared to barely miss the Blazers’ big man’s chin.. Blazers big man LaMarcus Aldridge then shoved Bogut in the neck. Mo Williams also jumped in to get between Bogut and Aldridge, and Bogut pushed Williams away, too. Williams responded by trying to push Bogut in the face, which may have been perceived as a punch because Williams was ejected.

It appeared the small shoving match was about to end but Wesley Matthews – who at one point was holding back aAldridge – suddenly needed to be restrained while going after someone near the Warriors’ bench. The raucous, which took place at the Warriors’ end of the court, spilled into the court side seats. Before long, Warriors’ Draymond Green – who was on the bench at the time – needed to be restrained by Mark Jackson and assistant coach Brian Scalabrine.

Matthews and Green also were ejected. Bogut and Freeland were slapped with technical fouls.


Warriors’ Stephen Curry Returns to Action vs. Portland

Point guard Stephen Curry has been cleared by doctors to play and will return to the starting lineup against visiting Portland tonight. Curry has missed the last two games while recovering from a mild concussion. The Warriors lost both games and are now 0-3 in games he misses.

The last hurdle of the concussion protocol was for him to participate in full-contact activity and emerge symptom free. Curry had a workout earlier on Saturday, coach Mark Jackson said. Before tip-off, Curry was tested by doctors and given the green light.

Curry sustained the injury Monday at Utah, when Jazz forward Marvin Williams fell on top of his head. He was initially deemed to be fine with a headache. But by Tuesday, his condition was upgraded to a mild concussion.

Curry sat out Wednesday’s loss to Memphis. Thursday, he took part in individual workouts at Warriors’ practice. Friday, he took part in shootaround and pre-game warm-ups. But Curry wasn’t cleared for contact drills because he wasn’t symptom free following his non-contact work. He finally got the green light for contact drills on Saturday.

About two hours before tip-off, he posted “Lock in” on Twitter, a tradition of his symbolizing he’s getting ready for game time. He took the court four pre-game warm-ups, going through his usual drills. He even made his trick shot from the tunnel. After his individual warm-ups, he was tested by doctors and deemed symptom free.



Andre Iguodala Will Not Require Surgery on Left Hamstring

The Warriors announce the MRI revealed Andre Iguodala sustained a strained left hamstring. He is out indefinitely, but the good news for Golden State is no surgery will be required.

The team did not release any details about the grade of the injury or a timetable for his return. But no surgery means the muscle did not tear completely from the bone and a months-long recovery process was avoided.

A strain of the hamstring, a group of three muscles that run along the back of your thigh, does mean he tore at least one of the muscles. But it’s nothing the R.I.C.E. method can’t cure.


UPDATED: Andre Iguodala Out with Left Hamstring Strain

Andre Iguodala had his pass intercepted by Los Angeles Lakers guard Xavier Henry with 3:25 left in the third quarter. He was running back on transition defense when, suddenly, he started limping and grabbed for his left hamstring. He began hopping on his one good leg toward the bench.

Iguodala is a physical specimen among elite athletes. So if he is reacting that way, you know something’s wrong. Sure enough, it was. He felt a pop.

“That’s what I felt, so that’s why I was so concerned,” Iguodala said. “I knew it was something. Normally I can just run it off or it’ll go away. But once I heard it pop, I knew it was serious.”


Warriors Rule Stephen Curry Out for Road Game at Lakers

Warriors have officially ruled Stephen Curry out for tonight’s game against the host Lakers.
This will be the second consecutive game Curry has missed due to the mild concussion he sustained Monday in Utah.
Curry participated in non-contact drills on Thursday. He took part in shootaround Friday morning. But Curry still hasn’t passed (or even taken) the final test. Before being cleared to play, he needs to participate in full-contact activity and emerge symptom free.
That Curry still hasn’t participated in contact activity could be a sign he still has symptoms from he non-contact work he’s done. Or, perhaps, the Warriors — who would have to craft a situation for Curry since everything has been light since Wednesday — don’t want to force it to get Curry back on the court.
If that is the case, Curry could feasibly miss Saturday’s home game against Portland, too.
There still won’t be a traditional opportunity for Curry to get some contact activity in. No shootaround is scheduled for Saturday, so the Warriors would have to manufacture an opportunity for Curry to be tested before the game.
If not, the Warriors’ next practice won’t be until Monday, as players usually get a day off after back-to-back sets.



Warriors Still Unsure if Stephen Curry Can Play at Lakers Tonight

Warriors point guard Stephen Curry participated in shoot around Friday. But he still hasn’t completed the last hurdle before he can be cleared to play tonight against the host Los Angeles Lakers.

Curry, who sustained a mild concussion on Monday, must participate in contact drills and be symptom free to pass the league’s concussion protocol. The Warriors don’t do contact stuff in shootaround and nothing was set up for Curry to take the final tests. Whether that is because Curry was still showing symptoms after Thursday’s work or they wanted more time to evaluate him is unclear. The Warriors are hush on the details.

But Jackson said Curry will be tested before the game and said it is still possible for the point guard to return.

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Stephen Curry Advances to Next Step in Recovery

LOS ANGELES — Point guard Stephen Curry participated in non-contact drills in the Warriors’ light practice at UCLA on Thursday, presumably meaning his headache has dissipated.

Curry missed Wednesday’s loss to visiting Memphis because of a mild concussion, sustained Monday at Utah. His only symptom, according to the Warriors, was a headache. If he is symptom free following the work he did today, he can advance to the next step in the concussion protocol: contact practice.

Friday’s shootaround is the last opportunity for him to pass this hurdle. It’s usually a light walk through, but the Warriors can create some contact opportunities for him, such as three-on-three action. How he responds to that would determine if Curry can play when the Los Angeles Lakers host Golden State.

Curry was unavailable for comment, as is Warriors’ procedure for injured player. He was the only starter at practice as coach Mark Jackson gave his heavy-minute players a day off. Andrew Bogut, David Lee, Klay Thompson and Andre Iguodala all took Jackson up on his offer.

All of the reserves took part in the team’s light workout. including Harrison Barnes though he started in Wednesday’s overtime loss.

“I’m still a reserve,” Barnes said, flashing a smile.