Steph Curry’s availability in doubt against the pelicans


January 5, 2022; Dallas, Texas, United States; Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry (30) sits on the floor in the second quarter against the Dallas Mavericks at the American Airlines Center. Mandatory Credit: Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports

Steph Curry had two bad shooting games in a row.

Now he has a quadruple bruise that could keep him out of the Warriors’ game against the Pelicans on Thursday night in New Orleans.

Curry was injured in a 99-82 loss to the Mavericks in Dallas on Wednesday night.

“He had a pretty good contusion on the quad,” Warriors coach Steve Kerr said. “And these usually get worse overnight, and with a steal and all, there’s a chance he won’t play (against the Pelicans).”

Curry only made 5 of 24 field goal attempts, including 1 of 9 3-pointers, and scored 14 points.

“The way I’m feeling right now, I’m not optimistic (about playing Thursday),” Curry said.

Two nights earlier in a win over Miami, Curry scored nine points, the lowest of the season, shooting 3 of 17 from the floor, including 1 of 10 of 3 points.

“All of the work over this year has been pretty solid,” said Curry. “This section was not great, not up to my standards. So you just have to stick to the program. It will come.

The Warriors, who shot the worst of the season of 17.9% on 3 points (5 of 28) against Dallas, may be able to regain their shooting touch against the Pelicans, who allowed an average of 124.7 points in their current three-game loss. trail.

This game could be the Warriors’ last before the return of shooter Klay Thompson, who has not played for more than two years due to tears in the ACL and Achilles. Golden State is said to be optimistic that Thompson can play at home against Cleveland on Sunday night.

New Orleans have won five of their last six games before New Years Eve, but the schedule for early 2022 has not been right. The Pelicans’ losing streak began with a road loss to defending champion Milwaukee on Saturday.

The game against Golden State concludes a homestand featuring the top three Western Conference teams in four days. The Pelicans lost to Utah 115-104 on Monday and to Phoenix on Tuesday 123-110.

“We’re competing until the end,” said guard Devonte ‘Graham, who scored a 28-high against the Suns. “Honestly, that’s why Utah and Phoenix are the best teams and they know how to end games.

“The guys are coming to their seats, and they’re just making plays on the stretch. This is exactly what it was. We didn’t have any downtime when we needed it; they did, but we played really well.

New Orleans announced on Wednesday that Zion Williamson would continue his rehabilitation after foot surgery away from the team but under the supervision of the organization’s medical staff. There is no timeline for Williamson’s return.

During Williamson’s absence all season, Brandon Ingram was the Pelicans’ top scorer, but he struggled against Utah and Phoenix after returning from a two-game absence with Achilles tendon pain. .

In the last two games, Ingram has averaged 13.0 points (nine short of his season average), shot 22.2% from the floor (8 of 36) and scored just one of the 11 3 points.

Ingram said his plan to come out of his shooting seizure is to “keep working, keep staying in the gym, keep staying encouraged.”

– Media at field level

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