Curry injures ankle, Warriors beat Dallas 111-87

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Curry injures ankle, Warriors beat Dallas 111-87

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OAKLAND The Warriors knocked off the defending champion Dallas Mavericks, who were playing their third game in three nights. David Lee, Monta Ellis and Nate Robinson led the Warriors, but it wasnt all good. Point guard Stephen Curry re-injured his right ankle in the second half and did not return.Warriors 111, Mavericks 87
Player of the game: Power forward David Lee had 21 of his team-high 25 points in the first half to lead the Warriors (16-21) past Dallas.Key stretch: The Warriors held the Mavericks to 15 points in the first quarter and led 26-15 after 12 minutes. The Warriors were never threatened after that.Curry hurt: Warriors point guard Stephen Curry injured his right ankle again this time midway through the third quarter. Curry was handling the ball near midcourt and was driving to his right.It was not clear if he stepped on a defenders foot or if he simply rolled it. But he came out of the game immediately and was in pain.He was also incredibly frustrated. First, Curry threw his mouthpiece towards the Warriors bench and then he smacked one of the seats on the bench as trainer Chad Bergman began to work on him.Eventually, Curry went to the locker room and was re-taped. He eventually came back and joined his teammates on the bench. The Warriors called the injury a mild ankle sprain and said his return was to be determined.Solid D: The Mavericks struggled from the field in the first half, going just 13-for-41 (31.7 percent) from the floor. They were even worse in the first period, shooting 27.3 percent.Nowitzki missed five of his first six shots, Jason Terry missed six of his first seven shots and Lamar Odom missed four of his first five attempts.Lees big half: The Warriors led 52-42 at halftime, and David Lee had a big part in it. Lee had 21 points and six rebounds in 19 first-half minutes. Lee went 9-for-13 from the floor in the first half and 3-for-3 from the line.Curry starts: Warriors point guard Stephen Curry was back in the starting lineup for Saturdays game against Dallas. Since returning from a strained tendon in his right foot against Toronto on Monday, Jackson has been bringing Curry off the bench and keeping Dominic McGuire in with the starters.No Kidd: Dallas point guard Jason Kidd didnt play on Saturday. Coach Rick Carlisle gave Kidd the night off since the Mavericks were playing their third game in three nights.No Biedrins: Warriors center Andris Biedrins earned a DNP-CD on Saturday night. Biedrins lost his starting spot during the Warriors last road trip, but he was used in backup role after that.Not on Saturday. Biedrins earned his first DNP-CD of the season.

Zaza on All-Star vote spotlight: 'This is a special moment'

Zaza on All-Star vote spotlight: 'This is a special moment'

Zaza Pachulia was the People’s Choice. The Warriors center received 1,528,941 votes from fans eager to see him start in the NBA All-Star Game.

Pachulia in the final fan voting announced Thursday finished behind only teammate Kevin Durant among frontcourt players in the Western Conference. Zaza had more votes than Spurs star Kawhi Leonard (1,058,941) or Pelicans star Anthony Davis (974,802), both of whom will be starting for the West. 

With an extremely strong showing from voters in his native land, the Republic of Georgia, Pachulia finished precisely 613,068 votes ahead of Warriors teammate Draymond Green, who was an All-Star last season.

Yet Pachulia won’t join the All-Stars that flock to New Orleans from Feb. 16-19. The NBA prior to the season changed the voting procedure to ensure fans didn’t have complete control of the starting lineups.

Once the province of fan voting, the starting lineups are determined by a combination of fan voting (50 percent), player voting (25 percent) and media voting (25 percent). This way, a strong showing among fans hardly ensures a starting spot.

Some refer to this alteration as The Zaza Rule, as it was instituted Pachulia nearly made the team last season as a member of the Dallas Mavericks.

And Pachulia is OK with that. He made it clear weeks ago, when his numbers were dwarfing those of players who have made multiple All-Star appearances, the most important aspect of the voting was not how he finished but the incredible support of his fellow Georgians.

“It’s such an overwhelming situation,” Pachulia said a couple weeks ago. “You’re not talking about a couple of thousand (votes). There’s hundreds of thousands. And with such a small country like Georgia, there are only 3.5 million people. The whole country’s involved in it.”

Pachulia, in fact, saw the humor in the matter. He knows his stats don’t compare to those of the league’s elite big men. He knows there is no single element of his game that the average fan would find irresistible.

He even knows he doesn’t belong in the NBA’s showcase game, with many of the players destined for the Hall of Fame.

“It’s just happening. All I can do is just sit back and enjoy and be thankful -- be really thankful -- for all of this,” Pachulia said. “Because I’m telling you, like you can get as mad as you want, you can be as happy as you want, but you can’t buy this. This is a special moment and I really appreciate the support. And that’s what I care about.

“I don’t care about being an All-Star, the fame that comes with it, the recognition that comes with it. I care about the support and the love I’m getting.”

Believe him. He’d prefer to enjoy the time with his family even more than he would have enjoyed the game itself.

Steph Curry, Kevin Durant named starters in 2017 All-Star Game

Steph Curry, Kevin Durant named starters in 2017 All-Star Game

Warriors guard Stephen Curry has been voted to start the NBA All-Star Game for the fourth consecutive season, and this time there was a measure of suspense.

Curry will join Rockets guard James Harden in the backcourt for the Western Conference squad, as voters snubbed MVP candidate and triple-double specialist Russell Westbrook of Oklahoma City.

Joining Curry and Harden in the starting lineup for the West will be Warriors forward Kevin Durant, Spurs forward Kawhi Leonard and Pelicans forward/center Anthony Davis.

A combination of fan balloting (50 percent), player balloting (25 percent) and media balloting (25 percent) comprises the overall vote.

Curry’s selection is sure to generate considerable debate, as Westbrook leads the league in scoring (30.6 points per game), is second in assists and 11th (10.4) in rebounding (10.6). Westbrook also leads the league in PER at 29.56.

Moreover, he is bidding to become the first player since Oscar Robertson in 1961-62 to average a triple-double over the course of a full season.

Coming off back-to-back MVP seasons, Curry ranks 12th in scoring (24.6 points per game), 15th in assists (6.1), second in 3-pointers made (158) and eighth in steals (1.81). His 92.6-percent shooting from the line ranks second in the NBA.

He is the first Warrior since Wilt Chamberlain to start four straight All-Star games.

Durant, in his first season with the Warriors, leads the team in scoring (26.2) and blocks (1.71) and double-doubles (16). He’s second in rebounding (8.6) and third in assists (4.7). His 54.4-percent shooting from the field is 10th in the league and tops among perimeter players.

Durant will be making his eighth appearance, and his fifth as a starter.

The Eastern Conference starters are as follows: guards Kyrie Irving of the Cavaliers and DeMar DeRozan of the Raptors, with frontcourt players LeBron James of the Cavs, Giannis Antetokounmpo of the Bucks and Jimmy Butler of the Bulls.

All-Star reserves, which are chosen by NBA coaches, will be announced on Jan. 26.