It hasn’t been ideal, but it could have been worse. Stephen Curry started out the preseason going slow, then still tweaked his surgically-repaired ankle, and after that coach Mark Jackson shut him down for the rest of the preseason. That included sitting out practices this week.
But come opening night, Curry will be ready to go, he told Matt Steinmetz of CSNBayArea.com.
“We’re just continuing to play it smart,” Jackson said of Curry. “We don’t need him today. It’s making sure he’s ready when it matters most. But it’s just precautionary reasons.”
Curry, who missed 40 games last season because of ankle issues, said he will be ready for the opener.
That’s good news, because Andrew Bogut will not. While he has been cleared for 5-on-5 work he has only played in the half court. He may be back fairly soon but not by Halloween night when the Warriors open in Phoenix.
And without Bogut’s defense in the paint, they are going to need Curry and his offense. A whole lot of offense.
This sure didn’t look like just another game for Kevin Durant – and not only because the Thunder beat the Warriors for the first time since he left.
The 108-91 Oklahoma City victory didn’t look like just another game for Russell Westbrook (34 points, 10 rebounds, nine assists and four steals), either.
With the shot clock off in the fourth quarter and the game tied, Grizzlies big JaMychal Green put back Tyreke Evans‘ miss with a clutch flush. There’s a very fine line between ensuring the last shot and leaving time for an offensive rebound, and Memphis threated it almost perfectly.
Emphasis on “almost.”
The Grizzlies left the Mavericks 0.5 seconds, which Harrison Barnes used to bank in a 3-pointer – off a pinpoint bounce pass by Dennis Smith Jr. – to give Dallas a 95-94 win.
The Celtics didn’t have another comeback in them.
After overcoming a 13-point fourth-quarter deficit against the Mavericks on Monday to extend its winning streak to 16 games, Boston lost to the Heat tonight, 104-98. The streak ends as the NBA’s longest since the Hawks won 19 straight during the 2014-15 season.
The Celtics trailed Miami by 16 in the fourth quarter then cut the deficit to only one with three minutes left. But Dion Waiters hit back-to-back 3-pointers, helping the Heat pull away.
Goran Dragic (27 points) and Waiters (26 points) led Miami, which needed a reason to feel good after losing three of four to fall to 7-9.
The Celtics, on the other hand, still have a four-game cushion over the rest of the Eastern Conference. This might help them regain focus.