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.

Many reasons behind Warriors' loss in Miami: 'They played harder'

Many reasons behind Warriors' loss in Miami: 'They played harder'

So, what happened to the Warriors in Miami?

They were undone by a combination of factors, from the locale to the challenge of playing on consecutive nights to their tendency to saunter through the first half before unleashing the full force of their talents in the second.

From the poor long-distance shooting to the thrashing they took on the glass.

There also was the absence of Andre Iguodala, sitting on a rest night, and perhaps most of all, Heat guard Dion Waiters performing as if he were Superman.

Each of these was a factor, and the combination of challenges was too much for the Warriors to overcome in a 105-102 loss at American Airlines Arena.

“Tonight was an NBA loss on a Monday, nothing to panic over,” Kevin Durant told reporters in Miami.

“We were just a step slow.”

That they were, at both ends. The offense too often trudged about as if jogging in mud, and the defense lagged along as if affected by fatigue or disinterest.

“Give Miami credit: They played harder,” Klay Thompson said.

The Warriors (38-7) through the first three quarters were outrebounded 37-29 and outshot from 3-point distance -- their specialty -- 37.5 percent to 18.2 percent. If go into the fourth quarter shooting their average (38.7 percent) from deep, they have an eight-point lead.

Instead, they were down four, 77-73, and in need of a comeback on a night when Waiters was a force field against that possibility. He scored a career-high-tying 33 points on 13-of-20 shooting, including 6-of-8 from deep.

“You have to tip your hat to him,” Durant said of his former teammate in Oklahoma City. “He made big shots all night. He was aggressive. He had his jumper going. He didn’t hit the rim tonight; everything went straight in.”

The Warriors were down, 98-88, with less than four minutes to play before embarking on a stirring comeback to tie the game, 102-102, on a Durant dunk with 11.7 seconds left. They came alive, suddenly playing with their hair on fire.

And Waiters, who scored 24 points in the second half, poured water right on top of their heads, draining a 3-pointer with 0.6 seconds to win the game.

“We didn’t have a good effort just trying to execute the first 3[1/2] quarters,” said Stephen Curry, whose 10 rebounds were more than Draymond Green and Durant combined. “You feel like you still have a shot down seven to 10 with six minutes left.

“But when you get down like that on the road and a guy hits some tough shots like Dion did, you have to take that pill and understand we put ourselves in that position to allow those shots to effect the game. He played well, but we didn’t do anything to help ourselves the first 3[1/2] quarters.”

So ended the seven-game win streak during which the Warriors were utterly dominating, beating opponents by an average of 19.4 points per game. The usual culprit, death by turnover, is not to be blamed.

The Warriors committed 14 turnovers, off which the Heat scored 8 points, while scoring 18 points of 15 Miami giveaways.

“It was more a case of not being fully engaged defensively and on edge like we need to be,” coach Steve Kerr said.

In Miami, of all places, the Warriors strayed from their normal routine. They arrived late Sunday afternoon and did not have a shootaround Monday morning. They rested Iguodala. They missed eight free throws and 22 triples.

They found no real rhythm until the final, futile minutes.

“We just have to play from the beginning,” Draymond Green said. “I don’t think we really ever established ourselves in that game. Other than a little at the end, that was it.”

And, still, that might have been enough, if not for Waiters.

NBA: Steph Curry claims most popular jersey

NBA: Steph Curry claims most popular jersey

Stephen Curry and the Golden State Warriors remain in the top spots on the NBA’s Most Popular Jersey and Team Merchandise lists, respectively, the NBA announced on Tuesday morning. 

Results are based on NBAStore.com sales from October 2016 through December 2016.

Rounding out the top five are the Cleveland Cavaliers’ LeBron James (No. 2), the Warriors’ Kevin Durant (No. 3), the Cavaliers’ Kyrie Irving (No. 4) and the Oklahoma City Thunder’s Russell Westbrook (No. 5).

The Warriors hold on as the top-selling team, followed by the Cavaliers at No. 2, the Los Angeles Lakers at No. 3, the Chicago Bulls at No. 4 and the New York Knicks at No. 5.
 
Top 15 Most Popular NBA Jerseys                                   
1.    Stephen Curry, Golden State Warriors
2.    LeBron James, Cleveland Cavaliers
3.    Kevin Durant, Golden State Warriors
4.    Kyrie Irving, Cleveland Cavaliers
5.    Russell Westbrook, Oklahoma City Thunder
6.    Dwyane Wade, Chicago Bulls
7.    Kristaps Porzingis, New York Knicks
8.    Kawhi Leonard, San Antonio Spurs
9.    Jimmy Butler, Chicago Bulls
10.    Derrick Rose, New York Knicks
11.    Klay Thompson, Golden State Warriors
12.    James Harden, Houston Rockets
13.    Damian Lillard, Portland Trail Blazers
14.    Giannis Antetokounmpo, Milwaukee Bucks
15.    Carmelo Anthony, New York Knicks

Top 10 Most Popular Team Merchandise
1.    Golden State Warriors
2.    Cleveland Cavaliers
3.    Los Angeles Lakers
4.    Chicago Bulls
5.    New York Knicks
6.    San Antonio Spurs
7.    Oklahoma City Thunder
8.    Boston Celtics
9.    Philadelphia 76ers
10.    Toronto Raptors

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