PORTLAND, Ore. -- Warriors star point guard Stephen Curry limped off the floor midway through the second quarter of a preseason win over the Portland Trail Blazers after hurting his surgically repaired right ankle Friday night.

With 6 minutes, 9 seconds left in the second quarter, Curry's right ankle was hit by another player during a loose ball scrum, and he favored the ankle as left the court.

"He's fine," coach Mark Jackson said after the Warriors' 101-97 victory. "He wanted to go back in the game."

Jackson refused, and Curry went to the locker room.

Curry, who missed 40 games last season because of problems with the ankle, didn't return for what the team called "precautionary reasons."

"If it was a Game 7, he'd be available," Jackson said.

Warriors power forward David Lee echoed Jackson, saying that although "there's been a lot of talk about the ankle," this "could have happened to anyone," and that Curry would be fine.

Curry played just 12 minutes, scoring two points and handing out four assists.

A recurrence of his ankle problems could prove costly to Curry, who is seeking a new contract with the Warriors entering his fourth season. Should his ankle woes resurface, it could squash any hopes of an early extension.


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Curry, the Warriors' franchise player, led the Warriors with 19 points in Wednesday's win over Sacramento, but the team had brought him back slowly before the setback Friday night.

Gunning for its fifth win in six preseason games, Golden State used strong bench performances from forward Brandon Rush and backup point guard Jarrett Jack to topple Portland.

The Warriors trailed 28-20 to start the second quarter, but Rush's nine second-quarter points and Jack's five points, four rebounds and three assists got Golden State right back in it.

Rush's hot shooting continued in the second-half, and he finished with 16 points.

Jack (nine points, five rebounds) led all players with nine assists. Jack also made a key floater in the lane with 19.2 seconds left to give the Warriors a 99-95 lead.

Klay Thompson also had a strong game for the Warriors, scoring 19 points and going 2 of 4 from 3-point range. Thompson's two free throws with just over 10 seconds remaining helped seal the win.

Lee played a game-high 36 minutes.

Fellow big man Carl Landry (18 points, six rebounds) helped Golden State fend off Portland.

Jackson expects big things from Landry, who was signed as a free agent in the offseason.

"He's a big-time post presence with that second unit," Jackson said.

  • Once again center Andrew Bogut was out of the lineup, and it remains to be seen if he'll see any preseason action. Just two games remain before the Warriors open the NBA season on Halloween.

  • Rookie forward Draymond Green, who missed action earlier in the preseason with knee problems, had a spirited second quarter where he was diving on the floor and snatching rebounds left and right (he had three in the quarter).

  • Portland showed off impressive rookie point guard Damian Lillard, who made his Rose Garden debut. A former Oakland High star, Lillard, had 15 points and seven assists in 31 minutes.