Stephen Curry sits out vs. Mavs, misses first game of season
Golden State star Stephen Curry has a bruised lower left leg that sidelined him for Wednesday night’s game at Dallas, and could keep him out for the second day of a back-to-back in Houston.
Not surprisingly, the Warriors lost the game, 114-91, just their second loss of the season.
As for whether interim coach Luke Walton is relieved that an MRI didn’t reveal something more serious, that’s not quite accurate.
"A relief is if they said he was playing and that he was healthy," Walton said with a smile before the matchup with the Mavericks. "But yeah, as long as it’s not anything serious, we’re fine with the fact that he might need a couple of days or however long this thing takes to heal."
Curry was injured during Monday’s 122-103 victory against Sacramento. He had a triple-double in the game. It will be the first game he has missed since last March 13, a 114-103 loss at Denver.
Golden State entered with a 29-1 record after setting an NBA record with a 24-0 start.
Walton said Shaun Livingston will start in Curry’s place, and that several players will fill in at point guard. And Walton says everyone has to fill the 30-point void left by the absence of the NBA’s leading scorer and reigning MVP.
"We told the guys we need everyone else to step up, but not in an individual attitude, as `I’m going to go get these points for us,’" Walton said. "It’s got to be `We are going to do this. And we’re going to be aggressive and we’re going to look for our shots and we’re going to attack and create for our teammates.’"
Walton said Curry didn’t have too much trouble accepting the medical decision.
"He wants to be competing," Walton said. "A lot of that will be decided between the medical staff and Steph. As coaches, obviously we put our input in, is making sure he’s healthy before we clear him to play. That will present itself as the days go on here."
After Thursday’s game in Houston, the Warriors have a day off before playing Denver at home.