Monday, 10 December, 2018

Stephen Curry leaves game vs. Spurs with ankle injury

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Melissa Porter | 09 March, 2018, 19:54

And Warriors fans suddenly became silent. As Curry stumbled out of bounds to break his momentum, he accidentally made contact with the top of Dejounte Murray's foot, rolling his right ankle. The worries became pronounced when Curry hunched over more in pain.

The reigning National Basketball Association champion Golden State Warriors took care of the San Antonio Spurs on Thursday, defeating the former Western Conference powerhouse 110-107 at Oracle Arena.

The Warriors have been very cautious this season as they are trying to maintain their health for the playoffs.

First, how long will Curry stay sidelined?

Reserve center David West missed his second straight game with an infected cyst in his right arm. In December, he rolled his right ankle in a game that forced him to miss the ensuing 11 games.

After initially saying last night Curry would be observed and his status for the remainder of the night was uncertain, the Warriors later ruled Curry out. They remain half a game behind the Houston Rockets and the first seed in the Western Conference.

Two minutes, 18 seconds later, the Warriors took their first lead since the 4:29 mark of the third quarter. JaVale McGee dominated on the defensive side with four blocks, to go along with 13 points and seven boards.

According to ESPN Stats & Information research, the Spurs have been outscored by 31 points in clutch time (defined as the final five minutes with a game within five points) since February 1, which ranks as second-worst in the National Basketball Association in that time.

San Antonio is 14-16-3 ATS on the road with 19 unders, 13 overs and 1 push.

While Curry is out, head coach Steve Kerr will likely turn toward Shaun Livingston, Nick Young and Quinn Cook to serve as ball-handlers on the perimeter while the trio of Kevin Durant, Klay Thompson and Draymond Green continues to carry the offense. And the Spurs posted 56 points in the paint and 21 second-chance points.

Davis Bertans fouled Durant on a 3-point attempt with 3:51 left to play, and the Warriors forward knocked down all three foul shots to pull Golden State within four points, 103-99. They limited their turnovers (10).

The Warriors called a timeout after the play but Curry received little medical attention on the bench. After a thorough evaluation in the locker room, the Warriors decided not to let Curry return to action.

He may be in a league of his own when it comes to basketball, but Steph Curry has heaped praise on Lionel Messi for being one of few athletes who share his particular brand of creativity.