Stephen Curry played half a basketball game.
The Warriors are hoping that in a few months that will not be noteworthy, but it was the first time in seven months that Curry played a half of basketball Monday night, in a preseason game against the Jazz. He didn’t play the second half because of a coach’s decision.
Curry had just two points. Matt Steinmetz of CSNBayArea.com describes how it went.
He played a seven-minute stretch to start the game, then returned in the second quarter for an additional five minutes. He didn’t do anything mesmerizing or jaw-dropping, but he controlled the offense and found open teammates for easy buckets.
The Warriors are right to be conservative with him now, he may be able to go harder but be patient. Bottom line is they need him and center Andrew Bogut to stay healthy for around 70 games this season to have a real shot at the playoffs that they want. This was a step in that direction. We’ll see how many more steps he takes before the season starts.
Mario Hezonja, the No. 5 pick in this year’s draft, has never lacked for confidence. The Croatian guard made his pro debut in the Magic’s preseason game against the Hornets on Saturday and did this:
Between Hezonja, Elfrid Payton, Victor Oladipo and Aaron Gordon, the Magic have a nucleus of young players that has the potential to be a lot of fun. Even if they’re still a few years away from contending, they’re definitely going to be a League Pass favorite this year.
Preseason is only just getting underway and there’s already a potentially serious injury to report. In the game between the Hornets and Magic on Saturday night, Michael Kidd-Gilchrist was taken to the locker room after suffering a right shoulder injury. The Hornets announced that he was then taken to an Orlando-area hospital for follow-up x-rays:
A few hours after the game, the Hornets announced that Kidd-Gilchrist has a dislocated shoulder:
Depending on the severity of the injury, he could miss a few weeks or a few months. Hopefully, it’s the shorter end of that timeline. We should know more on Sunday.