Curry returns but strains his knee in Warriors’ win

OAKLAND – Within 21 seconds, Warrior guard Stephen Curry sparked excitement about his outside shooting and then concern about his durability.

In his first game since missing the past six with a sprained right ankle, Curry strained his left knee. That made the Warriors’ 106-94 victory over the Atlanta Hawks on Friday at Oracle Arena an afterthought.

Curry finished with 29 points, showing efficiency from the field (10 of 18), 3-point range (3 of 8) and free-throw line (6 of 6) in 25 minutes after shooting only 1-of-6 in the first quarter. Curry did not become as fortunate in avoiding another injury.

Curry just converted on a four-point play to give the Warriors a 66-64 lead with 3:30 remaining in the third quarter, suggesting he finally shed his rustiness. On the next play, though, Warriors center JaVale McGee contested a shot, fell down on the ground and tumbled into Curry’s left leg.

Immediately, Curry hobbled around the court and the sellout crowd at Oracle Arena groaned collectively. Curry kept pacing around the court in hopes to shake the ailment off. But Curry still limped. Moments later, Curry sat on the bench with his head down on his hands before heading to the locker room with the Warriors training staff.

The Warriors diagnosed Curry’s injury midway through the fourth quarter. By that point, the Warriors (54-18) established a comfortable lead after trailing by as many as 15 points against a Hawks team (21-51) that had gone 2-8 in their previous 10 games. Yet, the Warriors have hardly put much importance in keeping pace with the Houston Rockets (58-14) for the No. 1 seed in the Western Conference.

Instead, the Warriors have emphasized long-term health to their star players. Curry’s latest injury provided questions on whether that is possible. Though Warriors coach Steve Kerr expects Klay Thompson (right …read more

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Curry returns then injures left knee as Warriors win

OAKLAND, Calif. — Stephen Curry returned from a six-game absence with a right ankle injury only to strain his left knee after scoring 29 points, and the beat-up, undermanned Golden State Warriors held off the Atlanta Hawks 106-94 on Friday night.

Curry grimaced as he hopped around and made it to the bench on a tender left side with 3:09 left in third after JaVale McGee fell over and the centre’s right elbow appeared to pound into Curry’s left knee. The two-time MVP immediately sat in a chair and put his head down before going into the locker room.

Nick Young scored 24 points with six 3-pointers as the defending champions were already down their other All-Stars — Kevin Durant, Draymond Green and Klay Thompson.

Young, Patrick McCaw, Jordan Bell and Zaza Pachulia joined Curry in the starting lineup. Pachulia had nine rebounds, while Bell scored 12 points.

McCaw went down hard and headed to the locker room at the 10:24 mark of the first quarter. He returned to start the second, playing with a bruised lower back. Young went to the locker room late in the first half but was OK.

Curry overcame a slow start in his return, shooting 10 for 18. He had rolled the ankle at Atlanta on March 2 but initially kept playing before re-injuring it again.

When asked what he expected of Curry in his first game back, coach Steve Kerr quipped: “52 points. I have seen Steph come back from injury and nothing would surprise me.”

Curry began 1 for 6 and missed his first four 3s before connecting 62 seconds into the third. His 3 at 5:53 in the third pulled …read more



Morris, Celtics rally in fourth to beat Trail Blazers

PORTLAND, Ore. — Marcus Morris scored 30 points and the short-handed Boston Celtics beat the Trail Blazers 105-100 on Friday night to deal Portland its second straight loss following a 13-game winning streak.

Terry Rozier added 16 points for the Celtics, who are second in the Eastern Conference behind Toronto but have had to deal with recent injuries to Kyrie Irving and Jaylen Brown.

Damian Lillard and CJ McCollum each finished with 26 points for the Blazers, who are third in the West behind the Rockets and the Warriors.

The Blazers led by as many as 12 points in the third quarter, but Boston closed within three points at 83-80 on Shane Larkin’s pull-up jumper. The Celtics didn’t pull in front until Morris’ 3-pointer made it 85-84 with 6:30 to go.

McCollum went on a personal 5-0 run with a layup, free throw and pull-up jumper to give a 91-87 lead back to the Blazers, but Al Horford answered with a 3-pointer.

Jayson Tatum’s layup and Morris’ 3-pointer gave the Celtics a 101-96 lead with 54.8 seconds to go. Lillard had a pair of free throws, but Tatum dunked to make it 103-98.

McCollum’s jumper got Portland within three at 103-100 with 28 seconds left. After a scramble, Rozier made two free throws with 3.2 seconds left. Lillard’s 3-point attempt for Portland at the buzzer was off.

Portland was coming off a 115-111 loss to the first-place Rockets, which snapped the Blazers’ long winning streak that helped push them up the standings.

Irving missed his fifth game with a left knee injury. He is scheduled to have a minimally invasive procedure on …read more



Jets raised game to whole other level in win over Ducks

WINNIPEG — You can haul out the fancy stats, primarily a Corsi 5-on-5 that read 77 per cent for Winnipeg and 23 per cent for Anaheim at the end of regulation.

Or you can lean on that trusty ol’ eye test, which clearly didn’t differ for old-school Ducks head coach Randy Carlyle.

“They had the puck more than we did,” opined Carlyle, never your spreadsheet type of hockey man. “We were very, very fortunate to get out of this game with one point. Simple as that. Our goaltender stole us a point here tonight.

“I can’t overstate,” he would later add, after a 3-2 Jets overtime win, “how lucky we feel that we did get the point.”

In a game as territorially lopsided as this reporter can recall, the Ducks hung around and hung around in Winnipeg, solely on the strength of a fabulous, 39-save performance by goalie John Gibson.

The shots were 17-4 for Winnipeg after 20 minutes. The Zamboni men flooded both ends of the rink anyhow, out of kindness. After 40 minutes, the Ducks had six even-strength shots on goal. They never had more than six in a single period, of any stripe.

“You spend so much time in your zone you get tired and can’t really be physical and stop their guy,” said veteran Ducks defender Francois Beauchemin. “You’re mostly circling, containing them, trying to keep them on the outside. (Gibson) just stole that point for us.”

Against a Ducks team that lost Ryan Getzlaf (flu) just before warmups, Winnipeg controlled the puck like a snake charmer, wheeling around the offensive zone for the entire evening, peppering Gibson with vulcanized rubber.


“You play an entire game in the offensive zone, it’s hard to get frustrated,” said Winnipeg’s Blake Wheeler, whose two assists moved him into a tie for the league lead with 64, alongside …read more



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