Steinmetz: How to handle a hobbled Curry

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Steinmetz: How to handle a hobbled Curry

Dec. 8, 2010STEINMETZ ARCHIVEWARRIORS PAGE WARRIORS VIDEOMatt SteinmetzCSNBayArea.com

All right, that's five straight losses and 12 of the past 14 for the Warriors. But just like we warned not to get too high after starting 6-2, don't get too low now that they're 8-14.Plus, it might get a little worse.We'll probably know more about Stephen Curry's sprained right ankle on Thursday. Curry tweaked the ankle with 5:20 left in the second quarter of the Warriors' loss at San Antonio on Wednesday. RELATED: Warriors drop 25th straight game in San Antonio
X-rays were negative and there was no fracture, according to the Warriors. Curry left the arena in a walking boot. He's listed as day-to-day, with the Warriors' next game coming Friday against the Miami Heat at Oracle.
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Point is, Curry's hobbled, and Miami and Utah await.--Regardless of whether Curry plays Friday or not, the Warriors will have a little more help in the backcourt. Was able to confirm that the Warriors are going to sign Acie Law on Thursday - meaning they'll likely waive Jeff Adrien.The Warriors' roster has 15 - the maximum.Law, whose had a previous stint with the Warriors, has played for five different NBA teams. Law, 25, is a lefty who can play both backcourt positions, and the Warriors have been desperately searching for someone to provide consistent backcourt minutes off the bench to support Ellis and Curry.--If Curry isn't 100 percent, you figure Reggie Williams stands to benefit. And at least he'll be coming off a game on which to build upon. Williams had a career-high 31 points and went 8-for-10 from 3-point range against the Spurs on Wednesday.Williams has been so-so at best this season, but it looks like he'll get an opportunity to turn things around in the next few games.What's your take? Email Matt and let him know. He may use it in his Mailbag.

Does Draymond still care about DPOY after another ring? 'At this point...'

Does Draymond still care about DPOY after another ring? 'At this point...'

OAKLAND -- Even though Draymond Green still would like to win the NBA Defensive Player of the Year award, winning a championship with the Warriors has quenched much of thirst for the honor.

“I don’t really care that much anymore,” Green said after participating in the JaVale McGee Celebrity softball game Saturday at the Oakland Coliseum benefitting the Jug Life Foundation, promoting a healthy lifestyle around water consumption.

“I cared before,” Green added. “But we won the NBA championship now. I don’t care about what happened in the regular season any more at this point. I think I would have cared if I found out in Round 1 or Round 2 (of the playoffs).

“But at this point . . . I don’t even care any more.”

This is in marked contrast to what Green expressed early in the regular season, when he acknowledged the DPOY award is the only individual award he actively cared to win.

As recently as two months ago, in discussing his defensive performance in a season during which he made numerous memorable plays, including some game-saving defensive stands, Green let his words speak on his behalf.

“It is the best defensive season I’ve had, because I’ve continued to grow,” he said at the end of the regular season. “When I look at the last couple years, I think each year I got better defensively. And I think this year I’ve gotten better. So I do think it’s my best season, defensively -- but just not numbers-wise. The numbers are up a little bit more. But I actually feel better about what I’ve done on the defensive end than I have in any other year.”

Winning a championship apparently has an impact on the significance of individual awards.

A finalist for the award for which he finished second in each of the past two seasons, Green said Saturday that his plan is to leave for New York on Sunday and be in attendance when the awards are presented Monday night.

The other finalists for the award are Jazz center Rudy Gobert and Spurs forward Kawhi Leonard, who won it the last two seasons.

All three players will be among those at Basketball City at Pier 36 in New York for the inaugural telecast of the NBA Awards on TNT.

Durant fires back at salty Thunder fans with custom cupcake hat

Durant fires back at salty Thunder fans with custom cupcake hat

Kevin Durant didn't forget about the taunts.

In February, when Durant returned to Oklahoma City for the first time as a member of the Warriors, Thunder fans heckled him with t-shirts featuring cupcakes, a reference to Durant being soft for joining the 73-win Warriors.

On Saturday, the cupcake graphic made a return with one slight change.

Durant, playing in JaVale McGee's JugLife Celebrity Softball game at the Oakland Coliseum on Saturday, showed up to the stadium wearing a cupcake hat. But instead of a cheery on top, a championship ring was superimposed on top of the cupcake.

So Durant, an NBA champion, got the last laugh.