Curry hurts groin, won’t play vs. Nets

The Sacramento Bee - - Sports - BY JANIE McCAULEY

Stephen Curry has a mild to mod­er­ate left groin strain and will miss Golden State’s home game against Brook­lyn on Satur­day night.

Curry un­der­went an MRI exam Fri­day, but the War­riors will wait a few days to fully de­ter­mine the sever­ity of the in­jury. Coach Steve Kerr said it doesn’t ap­pear to be sig­nif­i­cant.

“This doesn’t look like it’s go­ing to be a longterm in­jury. He’s dis­ap­pointed, but it could have been a lot worse,” Kerr said. “We’ll just mon­i­tor his progress over the next sev­eral days.”

Fel­low All-Star Dray­mond Green also will miss Satur­day’s game, the sec­ond straight game he’ll be side­lined by a sprained right foot and toe. Key re­serve guard Shaun Liv­ingston missed his sixth straight game and eighth in the last 10 with a sore right foot but was able to scrim­mage Fri­day. He will have to do that sev­eral times be­fore Kerr is ready to put him on the floor in a game.

Curry, a two-time NBA MVP, was hurt mid­way through the third quar­ter of Thurs­day night’s 134111 loss to the Mil­wau­kee Bucks. Curry grabbed at his in­ner thigh af­ter try­ing to con­test Eric Bled­soe’s shot in tran­si­tion at the

6:50 mark of the third. Curry, 30, is av­er­ag­ing

29.5 points, 6.1 as­sists and

5 re­bounds while shoot­ing

49.2 per­cent from 3-point range.

Curry scored 10 points Thurs­day in his sec­ond straight game below 20 af­ter get­ting at least 23 in ev­ery game pre­vi­ously – in­clud­ing five 30-point per­for­mances and a 51point out­ing in three quar­ters. He dished out six as­sists in 26 min­utes.

“He’s a lit­tle bummed out,” Kerr said.

The War­riors won’t take a chance with him at this early stage of the sea­son.

Curry hurt his left knee March 23 just as he had come back from a sixgame ab­sence with a right an­kle in­jury. He also missed 11 games in De­cem­ber with a sprained right an­kle.

Curry missed the first round of the play­offs, then re­turned for Game 2 of the West­ern Con­fer­ence semi­fi­nals against the Pel­i­cans as the War­riors went on to win a sec­ond straight cham­pi­onship and third ti­tle in four years.

Quinn Cook, who filled in last sea­son when Curry was hurt for a long stretch, will start against the Nets. He was pro­moted from the G League as a two-way player and re­ceived a two-year con­tract ahead of the play­off run.

“For me to start a lot last year late and play big play­off games … that did a lot for our con­fi­dence,” Cook said. “Just stay­ing ready, you’ve just al­ways got to work – come in early, stay late.”


War­riors coach Steve Kerr doesn’t be­lieve Stephen Curry’s strained groin is a long-term in­jury.

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