San Francisco Chronicle
Curry may join Green on the sideline
ATLANTA — The Golden State Warriors were already preparing to face the Hawks on Friday without a suspended Draymond Green. On Thursday, they found out they might also be without Stephen Curry.
Curry, 35, is listed as questionable on Golden State’s latest injury report with left thumb soreness.
Curry is coming off a masterful 50-point game in Wednesday night’s 134-126 loss to the Clippers in Los Angeles. He made 20 of 28 shots — including eight 3-pointers — in equaling his season high with the 12th 50point game of his career.
Having turned 35 on Tuesday, Curry became only the sixth player to score at least 50 at that age or older, according to a tweet from NBAHistory. The others: LeBron James (twice), Jamal Crawford, Kobe Bryant, Michael Jordan and Alex English.
The Warriors (36-34) entered played Thursday as the sixthplace team in the Western Conference — the last automatic playoff qualifying spot. However, they have lost nine in a row away from Chase Center and have fewer road wins (seven) than all but two NBA teams.
Green will be forced to sit out Friday’s game after he picked up his 16th technical foul after throwing the ball at Russell Westbrook’s head late in the first half Wednesday.
Any player with 16 technical fouls receives a mandatory onegame suspension. Memphis’ Dillon Brooks is the only other player this season who has reached that level.
The NBA had 24 hours to review Green’s technical foul and rescind it if it felt the call had been made in error. The league office declined to take any action.
Each additional technical foul Green receives will result in a $5,000 fine. Two more would result in another one-game suspension on top of the fine.
Looney ailing: Warriors center Kevon Looney is also on the injury report, listed as probable with lower back soreness. He and guard Jordan Poole are the only two Warriors to appear in every game this season. Looney’s streak of consecutive regular-season games played (181) trails only Brooklyn’s Mikal Bridges (378) among active players.
Wiggins still out: Andrew Wiggins will miss his 14th straight game as he continues to deal with what the team is calling a “family matter”.
“I haven’t heard anything along the lines of he’s not coming back,” Warriors general manager Bob Myers told 95.7 The Game on Wednesday. “There’s speculation on that, but I haven’t been told, ‘Hey, look, I’m not coming back.’
“We’ve got to respect him and his life and his privacy, just like I would respect yours. Certainly, I’m sure he wants to be here. We want him here. Beyond that I can’t help shed light because if I was in this situation and I asked people to keep it private, I hope they would.”