Curry shaken, despondent after latest tweak

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Curry shaken, despondent after latest tweak

LOS ANGELES For the third time this season and for theseventh time in the past 15 months, Warriors point guard Stephen Curry sprainedhis right ankle during a game.It happened late in the third quarter of the Warriors101-95 loss to the Spurs in San Antonio and by initial observation it was similar from the otherhalf-dozen times he rolled the ankle.This time, though, was different.
Maybe not different in terms of severity because thatremains to be seen. But different in terms of how Curry reacted to the injury.

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In the past, when Curry had tweaked his ankle, hed talk indepth about what exactly had happened, how serious he thought the injury was andwhat he thought the prognosis might be for the future.Curry would certainly express frustration about re-injuringthe ankle, but that would be accompanied by a smile, maybe even a little laugh,a shake of the head.The bottom line is that previous times Curry never seemedoverly concerned or worried about the ankle -- at least outwardly -- and healways seemed to give the impression that he believed it was alltemporary.Wednesday night was different.As reporters entered the locker room after the game, Currywas sitting at his locker, with a towel draped over his bowed head and his right footsitting in a big bucket of ice.Quite frankly, he was despondent. When he finally did speak,his words were little more than a whisper and it was clear he didnt want tospend a lot of time talking about what had just occurred or what layahead.REWIND: Addressing ankle, Curry will change shoes
This is the worst its been, Curry said about the pain.Im sure it has to do with the fact its the third time. Its hard to say howit will react. But its just Dj vu again for me.It seems apparent Curry wont play on Friday against the Lakers in Los Angelesand maybe not even the following day against Utah. The team is listing him asday-to-day but that seems optimistic at this point.Then again, who knows? Hes bounced back very quickly fromthese things at various times in the past.Perhaps the most frustrating thing about Currys injury isthat there doesnt seem to be a logical course of action. He could sit out a fewweeks, but as weve seen, thats no guarantee he wont roll the ankleagain.He had surgery in May, rehabbed all summer, got the ankleback to 100 percent, then tweaked it in the second exhibition game of theseason. It happened again in the second game of the season against Chicago andone more time last night.After Curry spoke for a minute or two on Wednesday, hehobbled into the shower, limping noticeably on the ankle. He did not look likesomeone who would be playing a basketball game on Friday night.Said teammate David Lee: When you come in here after thegame, the reality sets in. More than anything, you feel bad for Steph. Heneeds to get his ankle right, whether thats coming back for the L.A. game orwaiting six weeks.And thats the issue right there. Play tomorrow or wait sixweeks? Problem is, there doesnt seem to be a right answer.

Warriors All-Stars combine for 56 points, West wins

Warriors All-Stars combine for 56 points, West wins

BOX SCORE

NEW ORLEANS — Anthony Davis had an All-Star Game for the record books.

And on a night when Russell Westbrook and Kevin Durant provided a glimpse of the past, Giannis Antetokounmpo showed he's clearly part of the future and a midcourt lob attempt from James Harden even went in, Davis absolutely stole the show.

He scored 52 points, 10 more than Wilt Chamberlain's All-Star record that had stood for 55 years, and the Western Conference beat the Eastern Conference 192-182 on Sunday night — the highest-scoring game in league history.

Davis made 26 shots and took 39, both of those also All-Star records. He even outdid Westbrook, who had 41 points in just 20 minutes — which ordinarily would have been enough to merit him what would have been a third straight MVP award.

Not this time. It was Davis hoisting the trophy, to the delight of his New Orleans fans.

"It was a lot of fun," Davis said. "My teammates did a great job of looking for me."

Durant had a triple-double with 21 points, 10 rebounds and 10 assists. Stephen Curry added 21 points for the West — where a subplot emerged as DeMarcus Cousins played only two minutes, prompting some speculation that a trade sending him out of Sacramento might be looming.

Antetokounmpo had 30 points for the East, with 12 dunks in his night. LeBron James scored 23 points to become the first All-Star to eclipse 300 in a career, Kyrie Irving had 22 points and 14 assists, and Isaiah Thomas scored 20 for the East.

Davis became the story that overshadowed The Story coming into this game, that being the Durant-Westbrook whatever.

And if there is any animus remaining between Durant and Westbrook, it was hidden. They passed each other the ball and slapped hands in the pregame layup line, and not long after Westbrook checked into the game the former Oklahoma City teammates provided one of the game's top highlights — a give-and-go, capped by Durant lobbing the ball to set Westbrook up for a dunk.

"OH MY GOD! WHAT JUST HAPPENED?" Curry shouted on the West bench, which moments later broke into celebration. Players jumped and threw hands skyward, Curry tossing a cupful of water onto a smiling Durant amid it all.

Draymond Green called the play "cute," and Westbrook and Durant seemed happy with it as well.

"It was a nice give-and-go, man," Westbrook said. "Good give-and-go. Made a good pass. I barely got over the rim, but it was a nice give-and-go."

Added Durant: "It was a great basketball play. He was open so I threw him the lob. He can jump really high so yeah, good play."

Some fans were shouting "De-Fense!" in the fourth quarter. West center DeAndre Jordan heard them, rising from his seat on the West bench to yell "No, no, no" back in their direction.

If those fans were serious, they were disappointed.

Westbrook scored 12 points — all on 3s — in a 63-second span late in the third quarter, coming off the bench and firing over and over and over again. And then he opened the fourth quarter with another 3, giving him 34 points in just under 14 minutes played to that point.

It looked like he was a cinch for MVP honors, until Davis scored 20 points in the fourth.

TIP-INS

East: Irving also led the East in rebounds with seven. ... Kyle Lowry scored 19 points and DeMar DeRozan added 16. ... No East player logged more than 24 minutes.

West: Curry took cover in the third quarter, comically hitting the deck face-first as Antetokounmpo went in for yet another dunk. So later in the quarter, Antetokounmpo went over Curry for a rebound slam — one that left Curry staring at the scoreboard for a replay. ... Kawhi Leonard had a steal and dunk in the opening minute, a defensive display that left West coach Steve Kerr in hysterics.

EMBIID CLOSE

Joel Embiid wanted to be in the All-Star Game, and he was close — literally and figuratively.

The Philadelphia star sat on the edge of the baseline next to the West bench, meaning he got to greet players throughout the night and share a few words with some at halftime.

CELEB WATCH

A huge roar greeted Jon Batiste, who performed "The Star-Spangled Banner" pregame, when he started the song.

It wasn't for him.

That happened to be the moment when John Legend — the halftime performer — and Chrissy Teigen were shown at their sideline seats on the video screens around the arena. And a louder cheer came not long afterward when Beyonce and Jay Z got on-screen.

Among the other celebs in the seats: Guy Fieri, Dave Chappelle, Julius Erving, Alonzo Mourning, Bill Russell, Oscar Robertson and The Roots.

UP NEXT

The next All-Star Game is Feb. 18, 2018, in Los Angeles, which will host for a record sixth time.

Thompson eliminated in first round of All-Star 3-point contest

Thompson eliminated in first round of All-Star 3-point contest

Golden State Warriors guard Klay Thompson will not repeat as the NBA All-Star Game's 3-point shootout champion. 

In need of 19 points, Thompson managed only 18 -- that allowed Kemba Walker to advance into the semifinals. 

Houston's Eric Gordon had the high score of the first round. He went on to win the championship -- besting Kyrie Irving.

Thompson has made 182 3-pointers this season which ranks him fifth in the league.