Stephen Curry suddenly felt pain. The Davidson grad tweaked the ankle last week but did not miss any time because they had an extended period of time off between games. He needs one more 3-pointer to reach 200 or more 3s for the sixth straight season, which would tie Curry for an National Basketball Association record of most such seasons - and also for doing it in successive years.
On Thursday night, the San Antonio Spurs will return to the court, to face one of the NBA's top teams, the Golden State Warriors. Long was the first woman drafted by an National Basketball Association team.
The Warriors only described Curry's right ankle injury as a "tweak".
Curry missed 11 games in December with the sprained right ankle and injured it again last Friday at Atlanta. Curry's status for the game is now unknown.
The Warriors, 51-14, have won nine of their last 10 games but they're still a half game back of the Houston Rockets who are now riding a 17-game winning streak en route to an NBA-best 51-13 record. Green also converted on a layup that gave the Warriors a 107-105 lead with 1:32 remaining.
So much has changed for the Golden State Warriors, and the National Basketball Association as a whole, since the franchise exploded overnight into a championship contender at the start of the 2014-15 season. He finished with 13 points and six assists.
The Spurs and Warriors will go head-to-head at 10:30 p.m. ET on TNT. They limited their turnovers (10). And they exerted their energy level. Curry left the arena Thursday night wearing regular shoes, a positive sign about his ability to get back on the court soon. But then San Antonio woke up, outplayed the Warriors, and took a 50-46 lead into halftime. He then made his way into the locker room.
For one night, though, the Warriors adjusted fine without Curry. But was Warriors head coach Steve Kerr anxious?
Kerr set for discussion: Kerr is set to participate Monday in a town-hall-style discussion on gun violence with U.S. Rep. Ro Khanna, D-Fremont, and high school students at Newark Memorial High School. The students will be from California's 17th congressional district, which represents areas in Silicon Valley.
"We still have three all-stars when Steph goes down", Kerr said. "I just liked our fight".
Warriors reserve center/forward David West sat out for a second consecutive game because of a cyst in his right arm.
Golden State next plays on Friday in Portland, the second game of a back-to-back.
"It's a little different", Kerr said. "We have to get Steph healthy".
After the game, head coach Steve Kerr said that Curry will not travel on the team's two-game road trip to Portland and Minnesota.