Curry remains a no-go with sprained ankle

SACRAMENTO -- It didn't matter that the Warriors had three days off after Tuesday's game against Sacramento at Arco Arena. Stephen Curry simply couldn't play.

The Warriors guard missed his sixth straight game with a sprained right ankle, and it wasn't because he wanted to take advantage of the extra time off. Coach Keith Smart said Curry just wasn't ready.

Curry said earlier in the week he wasn't ruling out coming back Tuesday but acknowledged that it made more sense to avoid the extra wear and tear on his ankle and try to completely recover for the Warriors' Christmas night game against Portland. If Curry comes back Saturday, it will mean he allowed his ankle to heal for over two full weeks.

Curry has sprained the same ankle four times this season.

  • Smart was encouraged by the play of rookie forward Ekpe Udoh on Monday night against Houston but warned that Udoh still has a lot of conditioning to do before he can regularly log extended minutes.

    After playing a combined eight minutes in his previous four games -- including a DNP Saturday at Portland -- Udoh came off the bench to play 25 minutes and register five points, seven rebounds, four assists and three blocks.

    Smart said Udoh basically played out of necessity, considering the team's banged-up front line and the fact that big men David Lee and Louis Amundson got into foul trouble.


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    "He's going to earn it as he goes, but we have to be a little bit cautious," Smart said. "We're going from a guy who hasn't played meaningful minutes since his last college game to all of a sudden going up against NBA guys who are conditioned to play at a very high level.

    "We saw some things that he was able to do in college. We didn't have a chance to see him in summer league or the preseason (because of a wrist injury), but you saw some things he did in college. We just need to get his conditioning together and he'll be able to be more productive. He's on the right track, considering that was his first game with meaningful minutes."

  • The Warriors were once again severely depleted along the front line. Starting center Andres Biedrins didn't make the bus trip to Sacramento, missing his third straight game with a sprained left ankle. Backup center Dan Gadzuric missed his second straight contest with a left groin strain, and forward Brandan Wright remains sidelined with a lower back strain.

    -- Jonathan Okanes