Late in the fourth quarter of the Warriors’ Game 3 loss to the Spurs, Stephen Curry came down awkwardly as he came around a screen, tweaking his left ankle in the process.
Curry was noticeably limping, but waved off his coach Mark Jackson in order to stay in for the remainder of the game. He immediately began receiving treatment on the ankle afterward in order to try to get ready for Game 4 (a 12:30 p.m. local time start on Sunday), and was not available to reporters postgame.
Obviously, Golden State’s chances in this series are diminished immensely if Curry is unable to go on Sunday, or plays while severely limited by the injury. But the Spurs had done an excellent job of shutting him down all night long before the unfortunate incident took place.
San Antonio guarded Curry with Danny Green for most of the night, whose length was enough of a nuisance to force Curry into tougher looks than he had been getting over the first two games of the series. Curry finished 5-of-17 from the field and 3-of-9 from three-point distance, and all but one of those shots were taken before the ankle injury.
Report: Celtics re-sign Tyler Zeller for two years, $16 million
Tyler Zeller is one of the few restricted free agents left on the market who could make an actual impact next season, and on Saturday morning, he’s come off the board. Steve Bulpett of the Boston Herald reports that the fourth-year big man has agreed to a deal to stay with the Celtics. It’s for two years and $16 million, with the second season being a team option.
Celtics bringing back Tyler Zeller on a 2-year deal, with the second season at team option.
Zeller isn’t a starter, but he’s a nice rotation big man, especially at that price. He can play minutes off the bench for Boston, and his contract is also very movable with the second season being unguaranteed. He played just 11.8 minutes per game last season, but averaged 18.5 points and 9 rebounds per 36 minutes.
Watch Charles Barkley struggle to pronounce “Jonas Valanciunas” last season
The Toronto Raptors were good last season, second best team in the East. That means the guys on Inside the NBA on TNT had to talk about them.
Which means Charles Barkley had to say “Jonas Valanciunas” a lot. Which is high comedy. While a lot of people struggle to say his name the guy is a solid NBA center who, with a little practice, you can say (and spell) his name pretty easily.
This comes from a YouTube user, via Reddit, with a hat tip to Eye on Basketball.
Watch highlights of USA’s 111-74 rout of Argentina in exhibition game
Argentina isn’t considered a medal contender heading into the Rio Olympics. Their golden generation — led by Manu Ginobili — has picked up a lot of speed on the downhill side of their careers at this point.
Though he has heard some criticism from Barkley and fellow Hall of Famer Reggie Miller, various talking heads and people in social media who believe he has cheated the system and cut corners to a ring, Durant said the reaction to his choice hasn’t been too bad: “All that stuff happens on the Internet. I haven’t had one person come to me and say anything negative. … It’s easy for the critics on the outside to tell you what to do, to tell you how to play. I’m the one that’s going through it, so I can’t really worry about the outside noise. The work don’t stop. Everything stays the same.”
This is a good reminder how insulated NBA players, especially stars, can be.
And it adds to why Durant signing with Golden State makes sense. While we’re debating his legacy and discussing the backlash (and the backlash to the backlash and the backlash to the backlash to the backlash and the…), he’ll be playing high-level basketball with his friends in a desirable city for a max salary.