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Warriors center Festus Ezeli to miss Christmas game against Los Angeles Clippers

LOS ANGELES — Warriors starting center Festus Ezeli will miss Thursday’s game against the Los Angeles Clippers due to a sprained left ankle and is scheduled to undergo an MRI exam Friday.

“Ankle’s really swollen,” Ezeli said. “I thought that I was going to have a chance to just push through it and play today. It’s kind of weird for me to be sitting out with an ankle sprain. I’ve never thought of that as a real injury, but it’s hard for me to even walk.”

Ezeli was injured in Tuesday’s loss to the Los Angeles Lakers, and X rays were negative. The 6-foot-11 Ezeli missed all of last season recovering from knee surgery.

Warriors coach Steve Kerr said either Marreese Speights or David Lee would start in Ezeli’s place as the they face Clippers center DeAndre Jordan, who leads the NBA in rebounding.

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Warriors’ Stephen Curry leads Western Conference in early All-Star balloting, Klay Thompson sixth among guards

Warriors guard Stephen Curry was the leading vote-getter in the Western Conference and second in the NBA to Cleveland’s LeBron James after the first returns of the league’s All-Star balloting were released Thursday.

The early results put Curry on track to start the All-Star Game on Feb. 15 at Madison Square Garden in New York City alongside the Los Angeles Lakers’ Kobe Bryant in the backcourt.

“It’s pretty humbling people are noticing around the world what’s going on here,” said Curry, who believe  the votes are a reflection of the team winning.

Warriors guard Klay Thompson was sixth in the voting among Western Conference guards as he also trailed Houston’s James Harden, the Los Angeles Clippers’ Chris Paul and Dallas’ Rajon Rondo.

New Orleans’ Anthony Davis, the Clippers’ Blake Griffin and Memphis’ Marc Gasol lead in the Western Conference’s frontcourt voting.

Balloting concludes on Jan. 19.

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Warriors starting center Festus Ezeli questionable to play against the Clippers on Christmas

LOS ANGELES – Warriors starting center Festus Ezeli is questionable to play in Thursday’s Christmas Night against the Los Angeles Clippers due to a mild left ankle sprain.

Ezeli left with the injury in the third quarter of Tuesday’s 115-105 loss to the Los Angeles Lakers and said afterward he could have reentered the game and that he expected to play against the Clippers.

“I should be fine the next game,” Ezeli said. “I’m going. I’m good.”

Ezeli has averaged 6.7 points and 3.6 rebounds in seven starts while the Warriors have been without Andrew Bogut, who is out indefinitely with a knee injury

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Lakers 115, Warriors 105: Draymond Green addresses shooting slump, resulting bad ‘body language’

LOS ANGELES – The Warriors stunk for one night in a 115-105 loss to the Kobe Bryant-less Los Angeles Lakers, but for Draymond Green, his personal shooting slump is in its second week.

The frustrations from that slump were visible as Green missed his first five shots on his way to scoring only two points, with the gesturing after shots went off the rim in the first quarter easy to spot.

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Warriors’ Stephen Curry named brand ambassador for Express

Warriors guard Stephen Curry has signed on to become a brand ambassador at Express, the fashion retailer announced Tuesday.

A marketing and advertising campaign will launch in March involving Curry, who became the first men’s brand ambassador in the company’s 30-year history, according to GQ.

“It’s a brand I’ve worn for a long time, even without a professional affiliation,” Curry told GQ. “When I first got on the league, me and my wife would go shopping for my game looks, I didn’t have a stylist or anything, and Express was one of my staple stores. When they called, it made perfect sense.”

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Warriors 128, Kings 108: David Lee gets emotional standing ovation, accepts new role off the bench

OAKLAND – The Oracle Arena crowd stood and roared at the sight.

With 3:01 left in the first quarter, David Lee checked into the game for the first time in nearly two months, the team’s highest-paid player relegated to the bench but back in action.

Even though Lee has never come off the bench regularly for the Warriors, the veteran said the ovation was an emotional one in a good way.

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