Ankle sidelines Curry; George's spot is iffy
SAN ANTONIO — Warriors rookie guard Stephen Curry, who missed his second consecutive game on Friday with a sprained left ankle, said he is hoping to play tonight at Memphis.
First he has to clear a hurdle.
"I've got to jump on it," he said.
Curry hasn't run on his ankle since he said it "locked up" on him Wednesday. He said it felt tight when he woke up from his pregame nap, and he couldn't do his pregame routine.
An MRI exam showed Curry's ankle wasn't fractured, but Curry didn't participate in any pregame warm-ups. Instead, he only received treatment on his ankle.
The injury comes at a bad time for Curry. He was on a tear of late and had inserted himself into the conversation regarding the NBA's Rookie of the Year. In March, Curry was averaging 21.8 points, 7.2 assists and 4.2 rebounds and was shooting 46 percent from the field — including 49.1 percent from 3-point range.
Guard C.J. Watson started in Curry's place, leaving the Warriors without a guard coming off the bench.
The Warriors have to decide what to do with forward Reggie Williams (12.3 points per game, 55.4 percent shooting), who has played nine games and is winding down his second 10-day contract. When that contract expires, the Warriors will have to sign Williams for the rest of the season or let him go. Conventional wisdom indicates that George, with his $1.6 million expiring contract, is the likely victim if the Warriors keep Williams, who was called up from the NBA Development League March 2.
Another option is waiving guard Raja Bell, who has a $5.2 million expiring contract. But general manager Larry Riley has expressed interest in keeping Bell.
The Warriors' other two D-League call-ups are center Chris Hunter and forward Anthony Tolliver. Both appear safe.
— MARCUS THOMPSON II