Curry to work out Monday, game-time decision?


Curry to work out Monday, game-time decision?

Point guard Stephen Curry said during Saturdays broadcastof the Warriors-Charlotte Bobcats game that he hopes to return to action onTuesday against the Cleveland Cavaliers.But theres still work to do.Curry has missed the past six games with a right anklesprain, and on Monday afternoon hell put the ankle through a workout andfunctionality test. If that goes well, hell likely be in uniform against theCavaliers.However, dont expect to know for sure whether or not Curryis playing until before game-time. The reason? Because even if Currys anklewithstands Mondays functionality test, the real issue will be how it respondson Tuesday morning and whether there is any swelling or pain in it.The Warriors are currently 1-1 on their four-game road trip,which concludes in Cleveland and then New Jersey.Curry has injured the right ankle three times this season.The most recent time was on Jan. 4, against the Spurs in San Antonio.

NBA Gameday: Round 2 of Durant vs Westbrook

NBA Gameday: Round 2 of Durant vs Westbrook

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OAKLAND -- The Warriors close out their midseason 24-day Northern California residency Wednesday night with yet another game accompanied by drama.

Two days after thumping LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers completely out of Oracle Arena, the Warriors will face MVP candidate Russell Westbrook and the Oklahoma City Thunder -- AKA Kevin Durant’s former team.

The Warriors (35-6) may have to do it without shooting guard Klay Thompson, who went to Portland to visit a gravely ill family member but hopes to return in time for the game.

The Warriors are playing their ninth game out of 10 at home; the other one was up the road in Sacramento. They’re 8-1 since returning from Cleveland on Dec. 26.

Oklahoma City (25-18) is on the fourth leg of a seven-city road trip that spans 13 days, though the Thunder will return home for three days of workouts before going to Utah next Monday.


Warriors by 13.5


Stephen Curry vs. Westbrook: Though the point guards won’t often be in direct matchup -- Thompson, if available, will spend the majority of time defending Westbrook -- each is crucial to his team’s performance. Regardless of who gets the primary assignment on Westbrook, the Warriors will have to rely on team defense and make him a volume shooter. If Curry outplays Westbrook, OKC has no chance.


Warriors: No injuries listed; G Klay Thompson (family issue) listed as questionable.

Thunder: C Steven Adams (concussion) is listed as out.


Warriors: 8-2. Thunder: 5-5.


The Warriors won the first meeting this season, 122-96, on Nov. 3 at Oracle and have won seven of the last eight meetings. The teams met last postseason in the Western Conference Finals, which the Warriors won in seven games.


KD: Durant has made it clear that facing his former team is different than any other opponent. There is evidence behind this. Playing with visible intensity, he torched OKC for a season-high 39 points in the Nov. 3 game in Oakland. Don’t be surprised if he delivers another impressive performance.

THE PAINT: With Adams out, the Thunder’s interior defense is appreciably weaker. OKC could start backup big man Enes Kanter, who is vulnerable, but more likely will go with a smaller lineup, with Jerami Grant at center. In either case, expect the Warriors to attack at every opportunity.

OKC O: The Thunder offense is weakest in two specific areas: turnovers and 3-point shooting. Westbrook’s ball domination contributes to both. He averages 5.4 giveaways a game and the Thunder, as a team, ranks 29th in 3-point shooting percentage (32.6). The Warriors lead the league in steals and in 3-point defense.

Tyronn Lue: Draymond 'wanted to send a message' to LeBron, Cavs

Tyronn Lue: Draymond 'wanted to send a message' to LeBron, Cavs

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With 6:55 remaining in the second quarter on Monday night, Draymond Green was assessed a Flagrant-1 for his foul against LeBron James.

"He wanted to send a message," Cavs head coach Tyronn Lue said on Wednesday.

Lue also told ESPN's Dave McMenamin that he didn't think Draymond's foul was a dirty play.

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Immediately after the game, Steve Kerr acknowledged that he hadn't seen a replay yet but that in real time, "It just looked like a normal foul where a guy is in transition -- you want to foul him and take away the fastbreak and obviously he went down hard and sold it pretty well."

Klay Thompson said that the foul "probably warranted a Flagrant-1."