The Warriors aren’t too concerned about Stephen Curry’s ankle problem in the loss to the Clippers, as the superstar’s playmaker is confident it won’t be a major setback.
Curry’s exceptional form was verified in Wednesday’s 108-101 setback at the Chase Center.
The two-time NBA MVP had a career-high 62 points against the Trail Blazers, then added 30 against the Kings in the Warriors’ last two games. Still, Curry contributed just 13 points against the Clippers, dropping his season average to 29.6 and shooting 1 of 6 from beyond the arc.
More worryingly, Curry was unable to finish the game as he complained of an ankle problem in the fourth quarter and came out with just over a minute to go.
But head coach Steve Kerr had positive news for Golden State fans, who have already seen Klay Thompson sentenced to another long-term layoff after the team’s 2019-20 season was destroyed by injuries.
“He changed it. He told me it was okay,” Kerr said Wednesday. “He will come tomorrow and get treatment and we’ll check it out. The good news is Steph doesn’t think this is anything too serious.”
The Warriors had led earlier in the fourth quarter despite Curry’s failure to make an impact, with each of their five starters ending with a plus / minus.
Kerr’s second unit instead led the way, with Eric Paschall scoring 19 points in 20 minutes, but the Golden State coach paid tribute to the Clippers’ defensive effort.
“There wasn’t a ton of rhythm or flow,” he says. “We played a team that is going to be – at full strength, like tonight – one of the best defensive teams in the league, with a ton of length. They did a really good job. I thought they played. a great defensive game. They tracked down Steph and we couldn’t find a rhythm. “
Kerr also reserved praise for his own defense, describing Draymond Green as “the best defensive player in the world” after weighing in six defensive rebounds and two steals.
And the coach suggested that was a key reason for a slow start to the game, although he was asked if the riot on Capitol Hill earlier today had also contributed.
“There was a strange energy in the air at the start of the game and maybe that was a factor,” Kerr said, after discussing the issue at length before the report.