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.
Despite struggling from 3-point distance for most of game, the Warriors managed to grind out a 119-108 victory over the 76ers Monday at Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia.
All five starters scored in double figures, with Kevin Durant putting in a game-high 27 points to lead the way. Klay Thompson had 21 points, Stephen Curry 19, Zaza Pachulia 16 and Draymond Green 14.
Curry had the toughest night of all, shooting 7-of-23 from the field -- and 0-of-11 from deep, the worst such performance of his career. The Warriors as a team were 6-of-29 from deep.
The Warriors (50-9) shot 44.9 percent overall, only the third time this season they’ve been below 45 percent in back-to-back games. They shot 42.0 percent in beating Brooklyn last Saturday night.
Six players scored in double figures for the 76ers (22-37), with forward Dario Saric totaling a team-high 21 points.
Green and Pachulia share the honors, with Pachulia becoming an offensive force and Green being such a dynamo that even his turnovers couldn’t negate his positive impact.
Green’s line: 14 points (5-of-10 from the field, 1-of-3 from deep, 3-of-6 from the line), 11 assists, six rebounds and five steals. He played 37 minutes and finished plus-22.
Pachulia’s line: 16 points (5-of-5 from the field, 6-of-7 from the line), five rebounds, two assists, one block and one steal. He played 19 minutes and finished plus-1.
After a Robert Covington 3-point pulled Philadelphia within three, 59-56, with 11:19 left in the third quarter, the Warriors came back with a 10-0 run -- requiring only 79 seconds -- to go up 69-59 with 10:00 remaining.
The 76ers got no closer than seven over the remainder of the game.
Warriors: F Kevin Durant (L hand contusion) was listed as probable and upgraded to available 90 minutes before tipoff. C Damian Jones is on assignment with Santa Cruz of the NBA Development League.
76ers: G Jerryd Bayless (L wrist surgery), C Andrew Bogut (personal), C Joel Embiid (L knee contusion), F Ben Simmons (R foot fracture) and C/F Tiago Splitter (R calf strain) were listed as out.
The Warriors return to action Tuesday, when they visit Verizon Center to face the Washington Wizards. Tipoff is scheduled for 4:05 p.m. Pacific.
Andrew Bogut is reportedly searching for a new home.
The big man agreed to a buyout with the 76ers on Monday and is considering four teams for his next destination, according to The Vertical's Shams Charania.
Cleveland, Houston, San Antonio and Boston are reportedly in the running for Bogut's services.
On Sunday, ESPN's Tim MacMahon reported that two of his sources said they expect Bogut to sign with the Cavs.
Last week, Dallas traded Bogut to Philadelphia.
The Warriors are eligible to re-sign Bogut, but Golden State is looking to add a guard in the coming days.