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March 22 2018, 05:42 | Irvin Gilbert
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Given that they fly late Thursday night to Portland, it seems unlikely that Curry would play Friday against the Trail Blazers. He returned to that game.
But for everything that has changed, one thing hasn't: Golden State - and, by extension, this entire league - hinges on the health of Stephen Curry's ankles. Jordan Bell left the last game with an ankle injury and is expected to miss tonight's game.
Curry was lost for the night to a rolled right ankle early in the first quarter, then the Warriors responded without him to win their seventh straight since the All-Star break.
Golden State, the perennial championship favorite, no longer bothers with the regular season.
While Kevin Durant carried the scoring load, dropping 14 straight points in the fourth quarter, Green did his damage from all over the floor, stuffing the stat sheet with 11 points, 12 rebounds, 10 assists, three steals, and two blocks during his 36 minutes on the floor.
Haynes added in the report that the Warriors medical staff was not anxious about the extent of Curry's injury after evaluating the two-time MVP in the locker room.
Golden State trotted out a team just as banged up as the Spurs, who were competing without their best player, Kawhi Leonard, who continues to recover from right quadriceps tendinopathy and Pau Gasol (right shoulder). He finished with 13 points and six assists.
The shot got rejected, but Curry also drew a foul.
With the Rockets and Warriors not meeting again in the regular season, this race to the finish will simply boil down to which team is able to avoid any slip-ups down the stretch.
If the Warriors are not healthy - and, specifically, if Curry is not - then the door is opened for others to spoil their fun.
During their last five games, the Warriors have scored an average of 114.8 points per game (1.2 below their season average) and allowed an average of 100.4 points per game (7.1 below their season average).
For one night, though, the Warriors adjusted fine without Curry.
Kerr initially said Curry will travel with the team to Portland but that changed soon after. Warriors second-year guard Patrick McCaw will continue to wear a light brace on his injured left wrist for at least another week.