NBA IN BRIEF
WARRIORS’ CURRY COULD PLAY DURING UPCOMING ROAD TRIP
Stephen Curry is expected to resume practicing next week with a strong chance he would return to game action during an upcoming five-game road trip as he works back from a strained left groin.
The Golden State star was re-examined Saturday after making significant progress in recent days. He did some scrimmaging work at the practice facility, and coach Steve Kerr said there were no lingering physical issues from a car accident Friday in which Curry was unharmed.
Curry missed his ninth straight game Saturday against Sacramento and also was set to be sidelined for Monday’s matchup with the Orlando Magic to conclude a four-game homestand. The 30-yearold two-time MVP, who played in just 51 regularseason games last season and missed the opening round of the playoffs, was injured Nov. 8 against Milwaukee trying to contest a shot by Eric Bledsoe in transition.
Point guard Chris Paul was rested Saturday at Cleveland on the second of games on consecutive days. Paul scored 20 points in 37 minutes in an overtime loss at Detroit that ended the Rockets’ five-game winning streak on Friday. Pelicans: Center Anthony Davis missed Saturday night’s game against the Washington Wizards with a strained right hip. Davis was injured in the third quarter of Friday night’s loss to the New York Knicks.
Golden State’s Stephen Curry, right, and Kevin Durant watch from the bench during Friday’s game against Portland in Oakland, Calif. The Warriors won 125-97.