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Golden State Warriors' Stephen Curry (30) grabs a rebound during the first half of an NBA basketball game against the Denver Nuggets on Saturday, Jan. 2, 2016, in Oakland, Calif. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)
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What shin injury? Stephen Curry to start for Warriors Friday

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When Stephen Curry came up limping after colliding with the Lakers’ Roy Hibbert Tuesday, Warriors’ nation held their breath. He wouldn’t come out of the game but eventually headed to the locker room early.

After the game, he said it was just a matter of playing through pain. He plans to do just that, reports Marc Spears of Yahoo Sports.

“It’s just frustrating and annoying and any other adjective you want to throw in there,” Curry said Tuesday night. “Long term it isn’t something I need to worry about, it’s just playing through an injury, it’s just there. It doesn’t get worse unless I get kicked, and that’s happened three times since I did it, so hopefully it won’t keep happening. I’m trying all sorts of pads and stuff, but when I’m out there on the floor I’m not worried about it….

“Just got to figure out how to protect it when I’m out there on the floor and keep playing.”

Curry said it would take four weeks to completely heal, but he has no plans to sit out that long. Or even a game, apparently.

Which is good for we fans who want to see a Curry vs. Damian Lillard night.

Grizzlies’ Jordan Adams to undergo another knee surgery, miss more time

Memphis Grizzlies guard Jordan Adams (3) is fouled by Orlando Magic guard Devyn Marble (11) as Evan Fournier (10) watches during the second half of a preseason NBA basketball game in Orlando, Fla., Friday, Oct. 23, 2015. The Magic won 86-76. (AP Photo/Phelan M. Ebenhack)
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There was hope that Jordan Adams could get the chance to break into the Grizzlies’ guard rotation this season. It hasn’t worked out that way. After an okay Summer League (averaging 16 points a game in Orlando shooting just 34 percent overall and 18.2 percent from three) he had knee surgery that slowed him. Adams hadn’t seen the court for the Grizzlies since the fourth game of the season. His knee was still an issue, but there was hope he could avoid another surgery.

No such luck. The Grizzlies announced that Adams will undergo another knee surgery next week. From the official press release.

Adams (6-5, 209) will undergo a surgical procedure on his right knee on Tuesday, January 12 at the Campbell Clinic, which will be performed by team physician Dr. Fred Azar and Dr. Robert Miller. There currently is no timetable for his return.

This is reported to be a simple scope job to clean things up, meaning a 6-8 week recovery time.

Adams is a guy the fans have called for — they want to see him play. It’s going to be a little while before they do. Hopefully, this summer he can prove he deserves a shot in the Grizzlies’ rotation.

Justin Bieber tweets Chris Paul for All-Star starter, it won’t be enough


Justin Bieber has a ridiculous 73 million Twitter followers. Say what you will of his music — my tween daughter hates his stuff, I’ll take her word for it — the man is a social media powerhouse.

Thursday he through that social media power behind a push to get Chris Paul a starting spot in the All-Star game. You can vote on Twitter — fans pick the All-Star Game starters — and Thursday Bieber cast his ballot and tried to get his massive following to help out.

Those two tweets have been retweeted — which counts as another vote — nearly 55,000 times. That’s more votes than Giannis Antetokounmpo has gotten total so far.

And it’s not going to be enough.

Paul was third in the fan voting as of Thursday, trailing starter Russell Westbrook by 210,840 votes. Even with Bieber’s social media powers, it’s not going to be enough to close that gap. I suppose Bieber would like to say “Never Say Never” but, well, it’s never going to happen.

(Stephen Curry leads the vote-getting guards and is another 450,000 ahead of Westbrook, I think we can assume he’s going to make the cut.)

Don’t worry Justin, you can be sure the coaches will pick CP3 as an alternate for the All-Star Game in your native Canada on Feb. 14.

Please, please NBA, just don’t let Bieber perform. Drake I expect. I’ll be disappointed if no The Weeknd. I’ll even live with Rush if I have to. But no Bieber, please.

Three Takeaways from NBA Thursday: Kobe Bryant reaches 33,000 point plateau


If you decided to go to bed early and turned off the late TNT game when the Kings were up by 27 on the Lakers, you missed a heck of a comeback and ending. Don’t let it happen again. To help out, here are three things you need to know from a four-game slate in the NBA Thursday.

1) Kobe Bryant becomes third player ever to reach 33,000 points in his career. Author Roland Lazenby said in the latest PBT Podcast that the way Kobe has come back this season from the dreadful start to this season — when many said he should just walk away from the game now — to playing respectable basketball with flashes of vintage Kobe has been one of his most impressive feats. In a career loaded with impressive achievements. Kobe needed to leave the game on his own terms and his grinding, hard-working style has served him well again because he has gotten his legs under him and he can make some plays.

Bryant dropped 28 on the Kings Thursday, doing so in 18 shots. Along the way he scored his 33,000th career point — only Karl Malone and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar have crossed that threshold. Kobe just continues to put on a show, even on his way out the door.

2) The Lakers’ young stars made it a game, but DeMarcus Cousins was too much in the end. Kobe may have entertained, but the Sacramento Kings were smacking the Lakers around when he was in the game. Then in the fourth quarter, the Lakers made a 21-4 run behind a lineup of Jordan Clarkson, Julius Randle, D'Angelo Russell, Anthony Brown, and Brandon Bass. Four of the young players the Lakers are grooming and one solid NBA veteran big. Clarkson had a dozen points in the fourth and Russell had 11 (until he had to leave the game with what is described by the team as a moderate ankle sprain). They made it a game and Byron Scott wisely stuck with them until the end.

But in the end, it was too much Sacramento, and too much DeMarcus Cousins. The Kings’ franchise cornerstone had a key late offensive rebound and assist, plus hit free throws down the stretch to round out his 29-point, 10 rebound, seven assist night. Throw in a key late steal by Rajon Rondo and the Kings got a much-needed win at home — the Kings are just half a game behind Utah for the final playoff spot in the West, they need to rack up wins in games like this to make the postseason.

3) James Harden dropped 33 on Utah and Houston got the win. Utah had Rudy Gobert back (off the bench at first, but still he’s back) and they played well, taking a five-point lead into the half. But Harden had 10 points in the third as the Rockets made their run, then had seven more in the second half of the fourth quarter, on his way to 33 and the Rockets getting the win. It wasn’t vintage Harden, he had eight turnovers and was 0-of-7 from three, he was far from perfect, but the Rockets snapped a four-game losing streak so they will take it regardless. They just need wins to try to right the ship for now.

Lakers’ Jordan Clarkson stops, crosses up Seth Curry

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The Lakers young stars put on quite a show Thursday night in Sacramento. The kids the Lakers talk about being the future closed a 27-point deficit to make it an entertaining ending, although the Kings ultimately held on for the 118-115 win.

One of those Laker kids finding his way is Jordan Clarkson, who finished the night with 15 points, and along the way stopped and crossed up Sacramento’s Seth Curry pretty badly.