In a sense, point guard Stephen Curry's ankle kind of mimics the Warriors' season. It will be fine for a while. But you just know it's a matter of time before something goes wrong.

Fortunately for the Warriors, they held up Saturday night, disposing of a dreary Dallas Mavericks squad 111-87. Unfortunately for the Warriors, Curry's ankle didn't. He sustained what the team called a "mild sprain," forcing him out of the game midway through the third quarter.

"He tweaked his ankle, and we'll see how it is," coach Mark Jackson said. "He was able to go back in the game. Fortunately for us, we had a cushion. We didn't need him the rest of the night.—

That's because Golden State was dominating Dallas. The Warriors held the Mavericks, playing their third game in as many nights, to 37.3 percent shooting from the field. All-Star Dirk Nowitzki had 22 points but was one of only three Mavericks in double figures. Golden State forced 21 turnovers and outrebounded Dallas 44-39.

The Warriors made 54.1 percent of their field goal attempts en route to their largest margin of victory on the season. David Lee had a game-high 25 points on 10 of 16 shooting.

"He was aggressive setting screens, posting up and forcing one of the best players in the world to play defense," Jackson said of Lee. "It really set the tone for us early, which was big.—

With Curry back in the starting lineup for the first time since Feb. 22 at Phoenix, Golden State was able to push the tempo. The Warriors racked up 25 fastbreak points and also outscored the Mavericks in the paint by 16 points.

But with just over seven minutes left in the third quarter, Curry rolled his right ankle when he appeared to step on the foot of Dallas big man Ian Mahinmi.

Curry limped through the offensive possession trying to walk it off. Coach Mark Jackson signaled for reserve Nate Robinson to go back into the game. Curry, hobbling to the defensive end, waived Jackson off as if to say he was fine. But he couldn't shake the limp.

On the next stoppage of play, he came out. Before he did, he expressed his frustration by taking his mouthpiece out and throwing it. As he limped to the bench, he slammed his hand on the seat.

"I just had a reaction because it's frustrating being the same ankle," Curry said. "I probably could have gone in and played but we had the game under control at that point, and knowing we have a game tomorrow in L.A., I had to keep that in mind.—

Curry was attended to by head trainer Chad Bergman on the bench before eventually heading to the locker room. He was re-taped, ran on his ankle in the tunnel and returned to the bench. According to the Warriors, his ankle was stable enough to not warrant X-rays. But he didn't return to the game.

Curry finished with 10 points on 4-of-7 shooting in 16 minutes. With him on the sidelines, it was Robinson who provided the scoring punch. He scored 10 of his 21 points in the final 3:19 of the third quarter. His pull-up 3-pointer in transition sent the Warriors into the fourth quarter ahead 83-66, effectively ending the game.

"I feed off the crowd and my teammates," Robinson said. "So for me it just makes it easy to feed off the crowd and do my job by getting everyone involved and run the show. Also, fill in for Steph or Monta (Ellis) when they're out.—

Curry hadn't started since before the All-Star break, when he sprained his right deltoid ligament at Phoenix on Feb. 22. He sat out the first four games after the break (save for a three-second stint late at Atlanta on Feb. 29). The previous two games, he came off the bench, Jackson's way of easing Curry back into action.

It's Curry's fourth ankle sprain this season, resulting in 12 missed games. Jackson said Curry felt good before spraining his ankle again, writing it off as something that could have happened to anyone."

Curry will be a game-time decision Sunday against the Los Angeles Clippers.

"I'll try it again (Sunday)," Curry said. "See how it feels.—

  • Warriors brass have openly said they are in the hunt for a big man. While still holding onto pipe dreams they'll will win the Dwight Howard sweepstakes, the Warriors are eyeing several big men. Multiple team sources said Milwaukee's Andrew Bogut is high on their list.

    But Golden State would have to overcome a few hurdles to get Bogut. First off, he could be done for the season thanks to a fractured left ankle. Though Bogut is an All-Star caliber center, the Warriors would prefer to trade for someone who can help now.

    Also, Bogut's price is high. The Bucks, in desperate need of consistent offense, aren't all that interested in Ellis, one source said. Also, sources said Milwaukee would want to package Bogut with one of two undesirable contracts -- Stephen Jackson or Drew Gooden.

    Jackson's history with the Warriors isn't good, but a couple sources said team officials wouldn't mind having him back in a Warriors uniform. Jackson is making $9 million this season and $10 million next.

    Gooden is cheaper annually but has three years left on his deal, worth $20 million. The former El Cerrito High star could be a serviceable backup, but that's not the kind of long-term money the Warriors want to take on.

  • Tickets are available for Wednesday's game against Boston. Go to warriors.com for more information.