Curry likely to face East-leading Boston
Warriors guard Stephen Curry is probable for Thursday’s game in Boston, Golden State head coach Steve Kerr said.
Curry, who missed Monday night’s win over Orlando with a right thigh contusion, went through a light practice Tuesday with no problems.
“He looked good,” Kerr said. “We didn’t practice hard today, but he’s fine. He’s probable for Thursday unless he has a setback the next couple of days.”
Curry bruised his thigh coming off a screen early in Saturday’s 135-114 rout of Philadelphia. After heading to the locker room briefly in the second quarter, he returned and finished with 22 points and nine assists in 30 minutes. Curry missed shootaround Monday morning to undergo treatment on his thigh, and he was held out against the Magic for precautionary reasons.
“If it was the playoffs,” Kerr said, “he would play.” With Curry out, Shaun Livingston started against Orlando, posting 16 points and six assists in 20 minutes. Point guard Quinn Cook, who was recalled from the Gatorade League with Curry sidelined, returned to the Santa Cruz Warriors on Tuesday — a sign that Golden State is relatively confident Curry will be available against the Celtics.
Center Damian Jones also rejoined Santa Cruz. Jones was recalled Monday for practice, but wasn’t active for the game. He is expected to spend most of the season with Santa Cruz.
Looney impressing: Golden State’s decision not to pick up Kevon Looney’s fourth-year option Oct. 31 raised an intriguing question: Would Kerr be less apt to play Looney meaningful minutes? Over the Warriors’ past five games, Looney leads the team’s centers with 72 minutes played. That is more than starter Zaza Pachulia (65), David West (45), JaVale McGee (38) and Jordan Bell (34).
“The matchups seem to be going his way,” Kerr said of Looney, who is averaging 3.8 points, 2.8 rebounds and 1.4 blocks over that five-game span. “I think the league continues to trend toward a smaller game, a switching game. He’s our best switching five.”