OAKLAND While Warriors general manager Larry Riley gave notimetable for Stephen Currys return in fact, he said any kind of timeline islikely two or three days away he sounded as if the Warriors point guard maymiss a few more games.Curry had his right ankle examined in Charlotte on Monday,and those tests revealed what the Warriors already knew: Hes got a sprainedright ankle.I do think that were probably going to end up giving himmore time than we have in the past to produce a recovery, Riley said beforethe Heat-Warriors game on Tuesday at Oracle. Hes always come back very quickfrom these things. He did last year. And I think its important that we givehim plenty of time to do this whatever that means.Curry missed eight games last year, one two-game stretch andone six-game stretch.It seemed plausible that Curry could play against the Bobcatson Saturday in Charlotte. However, after hearing Riley speak, it seems liketheyll give it more time than that.The game against Charlotte begins a stretch of four games infive nights for the Warriors -- all on the road -- and it is conceivable theWarriors could shut him down through that trip.Whether it means in two or three days and we get a timeline and it says a week or 10 days more or whether it says one day more weregoing to give him time and when everybody involved.Curry sprained his right ankle during Wednesdays gameagainst the San Antonio Spurs, the seventh time in 15 months Curry has tweakedthe ankle.
On Friday afternoon, news broke that Kyrie Irving reportedly requested a trade from the Cavs.
Shortly thereafter, a Twitter account with over 296,000 followers tweeted the following:
Hi @KevinLove, how are things— InsideHoops.com NBA (@InsideHoops) July 21, 2017
A little over an hour later, Kevin Love responded:
Life is amazing. No complaints. Things are a little peculiar. But no complaints. Now go kick some rocks 🙌🏼 https://t.co/Tz62YyGeYt— Kevin Love (@kevinlove) July 21, 2017
On Tuesday night, Irving told Sports Illustrated the Cavs are "in a very peculiar place."
In the weeks between Cleveland's Game 5 loss to the Warriors and the start of free agency, Love was reportedly on the trading block.
The Cavs and GM David Griffin "mutually" parted ways three days before the NBA Draft.
Cleveland is finally finalizing a deal with assistant GM Coby Altman to become the permanent general manager, according to ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski.
LeBron James can opt out and become a free agent next summer, and there is already speculation about where he may go.
Man. The last six weeks in Cleveland have been wild...
Drew Shiller is the co-host of Warriors Outsiders and a Web Producer at NBC Sports Bay Area. Follow him on Twitter @DrewShiller
The only way this Kyrie Irving trade request story makes any sense at all is if he demands to go to Houston. And gets there.
Yes, Houston. Home of James Harden. Potential future home of Carmelo Anthony. The Place Where Passing Goes To Die. The Antidote To Everything Warriors.
I mean, Irving reading the tea leaves and knowing the Cavs are about to enter a very dark period in their history is not the news here. Dan Gilbert no longer caring about running a basketball operation without empty offices has been the catalyst for LeBron James looking forward to life on the West Coast. The Cavs are a sinkhole collapsing so fast that the assumptions of them cakewalking to the 2018 NBA Finals are heading directly for the earth’s core.
But it’s where Irving goes that is fascinating, and Houston is the perfect place because (and we are presuming Daryl Morey can pry Anthony from the joke shop that is the New York Knickerbockers):
1) It would turn Golden State’s version of cap hell into a slight checking overdraft by comparison
2) It would make the Rockets’ offense a high-powered mess of glorious proportions
3) It would subject the Warriors to a direct stylistic showdown – namely, whether rapid, smart-minded ball movement is just a fad to be replacing by 21st century offensive stagflation.
Oh, Harden can pass, and Irving can pass, and Anthony . . . well, okay, Harden and Irving can pass. But they all function almost entirely with the ball, which means that at any given moment 66 percent of the Rockets’ most important players will be unhappy.
Thus, this is what we need, and what we need now. Trading Kyrie Irving is just satisfying his whim. Trading him to a place where we can put competing basketball styles to the test – now that would make the Western Conference playoffs worth caring about again.
And the Eastern Conference? Well, we’ve always wanted a relegation system in American sports, and now we’ve got it. Just fly toward the sun and hold your nose.