Wednesday, January 19, 2022

Stephen Curry injury update: Warriors star will miss game with contusion; Draymond Green also out vs. Pelicans

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Here’s a Stephen Curry injury update: He won’t play on Thursday against the New Orleans Pelicans, due to a left quadriceps contusion, per the Golden State Warriors‘ latest injury report.Also out against the Pelicans: Draymond Green (rest) and Juan Toscano-Anderson (left ankle soreness). 

All three played in Golden State’s 99-82 loss in Dallas on Wednesday, but, after the game, coach Steve Kerr saiid that Curry suffered “a pretty good quad contusion, and those generally get worse overnight, with a flight and everything.” Curry himself said that the injury “sucked,” adding that, “the way it feels right now, I’m not optimistic” about playing in New Orleans. 

Curry, so far the leading vote-getter for this year’s All-Star Game, shot just 5-for-24 on Wednesday and missed eight of his nine 3-point attempts. This followed a 3-for-17 shooting night against the Miami Heat on Monday, in which he shot just 1 for 10 from deep. 

The best shooter in NBA history would surely like to end this slump as soon as possible, but he won’t have an opportunity to do so until Sunday, when the Warriors host the Cleveland Cavaliers, at the earliest. That’s also when Klay Thompson might make his season debut

The Pelicans game will be Green’s second official “rest” game of the season. Along with Curry, Andre Iguodala and Otto Porter, he sat out against the Detroit Pistons on the second night of a back-to-back at the end of a road trip in November. Green also stayed back when Golden State visited Toronto on Dec. 18, missing the game with right hip tightness, and he missed two games due to COVID-19 health and safety protocols after Christmas.  

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