Stephen Curry doesn’t practice
You may remember, Steph knocked knees with a Nuggets player Sunday, but continued to play after the subsequent time out. Warriors representative Raymond Ridder said that Curry did not undergo an MRI or an X-ray after the game. Curry was dressed for practice Tuesday, but did not participate. As for his availability for the Heat game, coach Mark Jackson said “We’ll see how he responds tomorrow and act accordingly.”
This just in: LeBron is great
If LeBron James scores 18 points Wednesday at Oracle, he will become both the youngest and the 7th fastest NBA player ever to reach the 20,000 point milestone. James will become the 38th NBA player ever to achieve that mark. Coach Mark Jackson recalls skepticism about James as his high school legend grew. “I was on a team when he was a senior in high school,” Jackson said. “To a man, in the locker room, they didn’t think he was going to be what he turned out to be. They thought I was crazy. I watched him one time in high school and knew he was going to be great.”
Jackson finished his remarks by saying of James: “He’s the best small forward to ever play this game.”
Heat cancel practice
The Miami Heat cancelled their scheduled afternoon workout at The University of San Francisco. With the Warriors game set to be their fifth of a six-game road trip, the Heat might be tired. They also might be upset. They’ve dropped three of four on this road trip. In Monday night’s loss to Utah, star players Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh watched from the bench as reserves led a furious—but ultimately unsuccessful—rally.
Jackson dusts off the point guard skills
The Warriors were all smiles at their workout—especially when Coach Jackson led Harrison Barnes, Jeremy Tyler and Draymond Green to a 4-on-4 win over Jarret Jack, Festus Ezeli, Kent Bazemore, and Charles Jenkins. Was he standing in for Steph Curry? “I can’t be Steph,” Jackson said. “I was probably more like ‘ref’.”
Jackson on fan all-star voting
You could make a serious argument that David Lee deserves a starting gig in the NBA All-Star game. And yet—according to the last fan vote tabulation—Lee’s not even among the top 15 forwards in the West. This fact prompted the following response from Jackson about fan voting:
“My hometown team: I’m going to check those guys whether they deserve it or not.
So, the process should be questioned again. The fans should have input, but I don’t know that they should have the final say of which five guys start.”
The thin air in Denver is no joke
David Lee was sporting a dry cough at practice. He says he doesn’t have a cold. Instead, he says he’s still recovering from playing in Denver’s high-altitude. Lee indicated that two or three full court sprints in Denver feel like 10 or more full court sprints in Oakland.