Warriors lose Curry but still beat Spurs


"Curry tweaked his troublesome right ankle driving left for a layup at the 9:38 mark of the first quarter with two Spurs around him".

Then Kerr walked back to the Warriors' locker room, where team trainer Chelsea Lane informed him of the change in plans: She would hang back in the Bay Area to work with Curry.

Golden State's success has been due to its star point guard Stephen Curry and its star forward Kevin Durant. It would be his sixth season with 200 or more, tying teammate Stephen Curry for the most in National Basketball Association history.

The Timberwolves are also dealing with the loss of an injured superstar as Jimmy Butler has missed the past five games with a knee injury. He needs only continue to play like he has since his revitalizing ankle sprain to be right there at season's end.

Second, can the Warriors thrive without Curry? While Kerr listed Iguodala as questionable for Friday's game in Portland, Kerr said West will see multiple doctors for further evaluation. This season, Durant is averaging 25.9 points per game along with 6.7 rebounds per game.

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Green pitched in statistically as well, notching a triple-double with 11 points, 12 rebounds and 10 assists while ratcheting up the defensive intensity in the fourth, helping the Warriors hold San Antonio to just 20 points.

Nonetheless, the Warriors relied on a similar formula when they went 10-3 during Curry's earlier absences this season. The Warriors are clearly the better team and should be able to overpower the Spurs. The six-game winning streak had come after the All-Star break and was the second-longest immediately following a break in franchise history, trailing only an eight-game winning streak by the 1991-92 team.

"We still have three All-Stars when Steph goes down", Kerr said after the game (ESPN). I probably should've just waited, but this makes sense.

"It's a little different", Kerr said. He's one of the most competitive people I've ever been around, and we he gets going like that defensively and he's all over the floor blocking shots, getting steals, yelling.

Golden State (51-15) missed an opportunity to take over the top seed in the Western Conference on Friday night as they lost 125-108 to the Portland Trail Blazers.