Portland puts their 8-game winning streak on the line against the Golden State Warriors, who will be without star guard Stephen Curry.
So, heading into Thursday night's game against the Spurs, the Golden State Warriors knew they would have to be on their game if they were going to win. Curry has sprained his right ankle four times this season alone, and the handicap that's taken him off the court before could surface again in the future when the team is facing some fierce competition. They remain the same unsolvable problem on offense - led by the all-world talents of Stephen Curry (26.8 points per game) and Kevin Durant (25.9) - and have begun to tighten their defense over the last month. He needs only continue to play like he has since his revitalizing ankle sprain to be right there at season's end.
Still, the Warriors are not doomed without Curry. "We're just playing games, we're just trying to get wins".
With more than half the National Basketball Association season completed, there is a game between two elite opponents. In January, Durant finished with a triple-double performance and the Warriors hit 21 3-pointers that made the ultimate difference in the game. Gibson also adds another big body in the paint to help the Timberwolves crash the boards for second-chance opportunities. In the last meeting between these teams, the Spurs played well early before dissolving into disarray.More news: Miami nightclub closed after venue allows horse on the dancefloor
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We'll see what they decide after the road trip, but this will let Curry rest the ankle until at least Wednesday, when the Warriors host the Lakers. Murray's youth showed when he gave up a costly turnover in the fourth quarter which led to a Durant jumper to tie the game at 105 a-piece. But was Warriors head coach Steve Kerr anxious? He's one of the most competitive people I've ever been around, and we he gets going like that defensively and he's all over the floor blocking shots, getting steals, yelling.
Tipoff is set for 3:30 p.m.at the Target Center.
We also go over Jordan Bell re-injuring his ankle as well as Kerr applauding Kevin Love for his recent article in The Players' Tribune discussing his history with panic attacks. "I'm just very excited and honored to be here". On the other side, Andre Iguodala (arm) is doubtful for the Warriors, who are relatively healthy as a whole.
Curry did not get on the plane postgame with the Warriors to fly up to Portland for Friday night's contest, nor will he join the team in Minnesota for a weekend game against the Timberwolves.