Published: Sun, March 11, 2018
Sport | By Gary Shelton

Curry exits with ankle injury, out Friday

Curry exits with ankle injury, out Friday

He limped into the tunnel grimacing in pain and frustration, then initially stayed in the game to shoot free throws before heading to the locker room. But the Blazers were not to be denied. The Warriors were brimming with energy and confidence, and it seemed like they would be able to maintain a stranglehold on the game, but things turned abruptly in the second quarter.

The Moda Center was rowdy and loud throughout, reflecting the intensity of the game. Kevin Durant stepped up in his absence by dropping 37 points and 11 rebounds. Ray Allen has the second-most seasons with 200-plus 3s in National Basketball Association history at five. The Warriors' offensive strategy, typically predicated around constant motion and team-oriented passing, was reduced to "get the ball to Durant and get the heck out of the way".

"They hit shots", Durant said.

But they have proven him right and made it a legitimate claim as they're placing their name in the history books to back it up. Quinn Cook (hand) is also questionable for the Warriors. Role players like Al-Farouq Animu, Evan Turner, and Shabazz Napier have been stepping up to make big plays when opposing defenses attempt to smother Lillard or McCollum.

Over those last 4 minutes, the Warriors uncorked a 16-4 run, with Durant and Draymond Green combining to snatch victory from the jaws of victory.

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Golden State remains just half-a-game back of the Rockets for the best record in the National Basketball Association heading into a tough one Friday vs. the Trail Blazers (winners of eight in a row, and sitting at home rested for this one).

"We still have three All-Stars when Steph goes down", Kerr said. We're The Beard Guys. But at the half, Portland led by nine, 61-52.

"Obviously they're down some players", Trail Blazers coach Terry Stotts said (ESPN), "but they're still a really talented team and it was a good win".

Warriors head coach Steve Kerr leans on Chelsea Lane - who oversees physical performance and sports medicine for Golden State - to come to a verdict, with the long-term view in mind - beyond even earning the Western Conference's number one seed. There were seven Blazers in double figures.

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