Morrow likely won't be back in time for Bobcats
SACRAMENTO — Warriors guard Anthony Morrow said he doesn't think he will be back by Friday, though he's hoping to be on the court for the return of his former teammate, Charlotte swingman Stephen Jackson.
"That is going to be an exciting game," Morrow said with a smile.
The Warriors said Morrow would be out one to two weeks with a sprained right knee. Friday makes two weeks since he sustained the injury against Milwaukee on Jan. 15. But Morrow has done little more than light jogging and shooting, although he started doing lateral work on Tuesday.
Morrow said he expects his knee to be sore for a while even after he returns. Still, he said he would be ready for the Three-Point Contest on All-Star Saturday (Feb. 13) if he's invited. He still hasn't heard from the NBA, which will announce the participants a week from today. Morrow said he would even be ready for the Rookie Challenge on All-Star Friday, which pits the league's notable rookies against notable sophomores. He said he and second-year Warriors forward Anthony Randolph deserve an invitation but acknowledged it was unlikely.
But Morrow's focus is on the 3-point contest, which he thinks he can win. If Morrow doesn't get invited, forward Vladimir Radmanovic said he's going to retire in protest.
"At some point," Radmanovic said, drawing laughs from his teammates. "I'll retire eventually."
He wound up starting and playing seven minutes in the first half, going scoreless on one field goal attempt.
"I'm happy when anybody comes back," Warriors coach Don Nelson said before the game.
Curry said he isn't worried about missing out on downtime, pointing to the four off days he'll have after the game.
"It's going to be fun," Curry said, "and I can still get rest."
Curry entered Tuesday's game ranked in the top five among rookies in six categories: fourth in scoring average (13.4), third in assists (4.6), first in steals (1.88), second in 3-point field goal percentage (43.5), second in free throw percentage (85.0) and third in minutes (33.7).
— MARCUS THOMPSON II