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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.

NOTABLE

Rock­ets:

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.

TONY AVELAR AP

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.

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