Big Brother: Lakers 97 Warriors 90

Forget my new rule about not recapping the front end of back-to-backs. I can’t resist talking about this well-played game against the Lakers, the Warriors’ Big Brother from the Southland.  And one game after ripping on Kwame Brown, I have to pay him some props for his great game against Andrew Bynum tonight.       

Kwame Brown:  This was an eye-opening performance, wasn’t it? First of all, can you ever remember a Warrior not looking like a pre-game appetizer standing next to Andrew Bynum?  Kwame almost looked the same size.  And I’ll lay 2-1 he has the bigger ass.

Kwame also fought Bynum pretty much to a standstill.  Considering how Bynum has been absolutely beasting the league, we won’t quibble about the 16-6 rebounding discrepancy.  This was a tremendous defensive performance, the likes of which Warriors fans haven’t witnessed since… Wilt Chamberlain?  Joe Barry Carroll?  I’m struggling here, help me out….

But what about the offense?  Kwame amazed tonight when running the pick and roll with Monta Ellis.  He caught some passes in traffic, and actually finished.  How is it that he was able to finish against the Lakers front line, but not over 6-7″ Dejuan Blair?

And he passed!  In back to back possessions starting at 5:28 3rd Q, Kwame made a beautiful bounce pass off the dribble to David Lee, and then another to Monta Ellis on a give and go. This was truly a revelation to me. Can it continue?

It may sound like I have a grudge against Kwame. I truly don’t. I recognize his value, particularly on nights like this against front lines like this.

I simply want him to be used correctly by Mark Jackson.  I want him to be used against big lineups like the Lakers, and not against small lineups like the Sixers, and Suns, and Spurs.  I don’t want him to be used to defend the pick and roll in crunch time against point guards like Chris Paul and Steve Nash.  And I don’t want him on the court any time the Warriors are in the penalty, and in particular when they are in the penalty in crunch time.

I want Kwame Brown to look good, OK?

Like tonight.

Mark Jackson: Got the starting matchups right.  Loved playing DWright on Kobe, and Monta on Barnes. Loved starting with Jenkins on Fisher.

And I loved starting Kwame on Bynum. Would it have happened if Biedrins were healthy?  I hope it would.  And I think it would, because I’m feeling charitable towards Mark Jackson tonight.

I absolutely loved his message-sending first play call of the the game. More on that below.

I think he got most of the game right as well.  I loved how he got Kwame out of the game the second Bynum left the court.  Loved the plays he called for Ekpe Udoh, particularly the face-ups against Gasol, with the option to shoot the jumper over him.  That was a no-no for Coach Smart.

And I loved the way he tried the small lineup against Bynum to start the fourth quarter. I was even down with him bringing Kwame back in when it failed, given the one-on-one defensive scheme he stuck Lee with.  If there is ever a front line that calls for Kwame Brown in the fourth quarter, it is this Lakers front line. There may be no other way to deal with the monster that is Bynum.

But I would still gently suggest that if Mark Jackson really wanted to try Lee on Bynum, he should have asked Lee to front Bynum, while bringing immediate double-team help from the weak side on the entry pass. That’s how Nellie got away with Al Harrington on Yao Ming. Remember? (I know, those tapes have been burned.)

My only other game quibble with MJ is that the Warriors really needed to push the ball more. It is distressing when the ancient Lakers’ fast break is better than the Warriors’ own. Part of the problem of course was the rebounding edge.  But the Warriors to my eye weren’t looking enough to run, and Kwame Brown in particular needs to outlet much better.  He’s playing for Mark Jackson now, not Phil.

As for MJ’s post-game interview… am I the only one suffering intensely from these? MJ once again closed the interview by calling his own number. He warmed up with a stirring biblical quotation.  Then he proudly (is there any other word to describe his demeanor here?) informed us that he earned his technical foul by politely asking the refs to give it to him.  And then he put the cherry on top: “I’m the first coach ever… [that doesn’t curse].”

Arggh. I wonder, if the Warriors start getting good under Pastor Jackson, are they going to become the NBA equivalent of a Christian rock band?

This is not a religious issue for me.  It’s strictly about the music.

Monta Ellis v. Tony Parker, Russell Westbrook and Derrick Rose

I’m just going to keep repeating myself until someone else picks up the refrain.  Monta Ellis is a better point-guard than both of those all-stars, and that MVP.

10 assists against 2 TO’s tonight. 7 and 3 against San Antonio. 11-3 Phoenix.

After a 7 assist 0 TO performance in 4th quarter crunch-time against the Knicks.

I have been marveling at Monta’s ability to finish lightning fast drives with soft, pinpoint, no-look passes.  Passes so perfect even Kwame Brown can catch them.

But I want to direct your attention to a couple of other passes that many might think are routine. 9:30 3rd Q, Monta hits DWright for a three.  4:05 4th Q, Monta comes off a pick and roll to hit DWright again, this time with a left-handed pass.  Both of these passes were perfectly timed, and both hit DWright right on his hands.

I can not emphasize enough how rare this is, this ability to regularly hit shooters in rhythm, right on the hands. None of those other point guards I mentioned have it. And yet no one ever mentions this about Monta Ellis. Why?

Monta Ellis is a superstar point-guard. And the Warriors have that rarity of rarities in the NBA: a two-point guard backcourt that compares with Frazier-Monroe and Nash-Van Exel.

Assuming Joe Lacob doesn’t break it up.

Dorell Wright:  I haven’t been nearly as agitated as Bob Fitzgerald over DWright’s shooting woes.  Shots as good as his don’t disappear forever. My diagnosis: Lockout Legs.

Which is not to say that DWright doesn’t agitate me.  There is something about him that has been agitating me a great deal: his apparent fear of contact.

Don Nelson had a rule: If you missed three outside shots in a row, then you had to get yourself a layup. It’s a good rule, that helps both the player and the team get it going.

The problem is, DWright doesn’t want to get himself a layup.  Particularly if a defender is lurking near the lane.  Time and time again this season, we have seen Wright beat his man and drive the lane, only to pass off at the last second.  He never challenges the defender in the lane.  Never takes the ball to the rim and dares the defender to block it.  Never tries to draw the foul.  Why?

I truly believe he fears getting knocked down.  He’s of very slight build, and is just coming into his own after recovering from a knee injury early in his career. And the fact that he came into the league as a high-schooler might have something to do with it.  Implanted that fear.

Did you notice Mark Jackson’s first play-call of this game? He sent DWright on a drive to the basket. I am absolutely positive that Jackson was sending Wright a message with this play.  And I absolutely loved that.

But what happened?  Wright was challenged, and went out of his way to avoid the contact.  The shot was aborted, an airball.

Please contrast Brandon Rush’s drive at 10:25 2nd Q.  Rush drove from the right wing, put his shoulder into Andrew Bynum’s chest, and finished over him.  That is what the Warriors need from Dorell Wright.

Unfortunately, DWright’s timid tendency cost the Warriors badly at the end of this game.  With 1:10 left and the Warriors down 5, on a fastbreak that took too long to develop, DWright was driving with only Pau Gasol between him and the rim.  Did he take it hard to the rim and challenge Gasol to block it?  Did he challenge the ref to make a call?  No.

He jumped straight up, pirouetted like a ballerina, and threw the ball away.

I’m a little more mature now than I was in my youth.  I’ve grown a little averse to trotting out the P-word.  So let’s just stick with “soft”.  Dorell Wright is a Great Big…


Nate Robinson:  Obviously a great pickup for the Warriors.  Particularly given Curry’s ankle issues, and the imminent threat of either Curry or Monta Ellis being shipped off the team via trade.

Robinson is a microwave off the bench, with unlimited shooting range.  If this means Ish Smith never gets another minute in Warriors uniform, I will be delighted.

Nate is also a tough little dude on defense.  If Dorell Wright had only a half of the edge that Nate brings to the game….

But then of course, there are the reasons that Nate has been bounced off three teams in his short career.  Beginning with that wide-open runout he turned into a turnover at 3:46 2nd Q, because he wanted to create a roof-raising showboat moment for the Hollywood crowd.  Unfortunately, basketball for Nate has always been more about having fun than about winning.

Hopefully, Mark Jackson can administer some of that loving kindness he’s been bloviating about, to get this under control.

The other reason that Nate has bounced around the league is that he agitates over playing time.  In other words, he’s been a cancer.  There is some risk here, particularly if Stephen Curry remains a Warrior with two working ankles.

Something that no one has mentioned yet may help in this regard. David Lee is a good friend of Nate’s from their rookie years on the Knicks. Perhaps that’s what ultimately brought Mr. Robinson to the Warriors.

Klay Thompson: Can really shoot.  That’s evident now, right?  But there’s more to it than that.

Take a look at those two Rip Hamilton curls at 3:35 and 1:50 3rd Q.  One on each side of the court. One shot turning left shoulder, the other right shoulder.

The footwork. The quick release. The accuracy. Wowza.

I’ve seen exactly three players in the NBA who could shoot off the curl like that. Rip Hamilton. Ray Allen. And Reggie Miller.

And now Klay Thompson.

(I won’t mention that Markieff Morris put up 13 and 9, going 3-4 from three, as Phoenix blew out a very good Portland squad. And is apparently threatening Channing Frye’s job.)

The Nightmare:  The offense: Turnaround jump hook over Pau Gasol at 2:40 1st Q. Jumper over Gasol at 1:20.  Huh?

The defense: Udoh picks up Kobe Bryant on a switch at 2:50 3rd Q. Then stones his drive and picks his pocket. Huh?

The crimes:  That second travel at 8:15 2nd Q was not a travel. Udoh’s footwork is amazing.  Apparently too amazing. And that foul on Kobe was… ah, forget it. It’s the Lakers.

The Dominator v. Matt Barnes: I really like Dom.  But Matt Barnes hit a couple of bombs in this game (I thought they were threes, but apparently his foot was on the line), one an absolute dagger in the fourth quarter. On his way to 16 points.

That’s the difference.

Charles Wright:  Can make free throws. Yes!

Can he shoot the three?

Kobe Bryant is a Superstar: Forget about his performance tonight. This is what makes Kobe Kobe:  Whenever he throws himself into a defender and gets a foul call, he immediately turns and stares at the official who didn’t blow his whistle.

I also noticed that Kobe did a lot of talking to the Warriors in this game. With a smile on his face. The way a big brother talks to his steamed-up little brother in the driveway, after he swats away another shot.

Oh Lord, when will it end?

Metta World Peace:  I like saying Metta World Peace. It rolls around on my tongue like Luc Mbah-a-Moute. Or a sip of Lagavulin.

I also like the message. And the fact that in life as on the basketball court, it is sustained by sharp elbows.

Big Brother: No, not the Lakers. Not you, Kobe.

I’m talking to you, David Stern.

When is Monta Ellis going to get some love?

40 Responses to Big Brother: Lakers 97 Warriors 90

  1. Great stuff, FB. Much as I hate to think about what this implies, I’d be curious to see Ellis and Howard together (if Ellis can do the above with Brown. . .).

    I’d be curious to hear a quick opinion about the Lakers last night as well. This isn’t a great Laker team is it? I’m thinking the Warriors could afford to let Kobe score as there wasn’t enough going on with the rest of the team. Only a little better offense on our side would have tipped the scales.

  2. Another great analysis, Felty. I agree completely with your praise of Monta Ellis, and I’d like to hear your opinion of one other aspect of Monta’s contribution.

    In the games that Curry has missed because of ankle problems, Monta has made the Warriors competitive, thanks not only to his scoring but his beautiful distribution of the ball (many assists) and his high-level play. In the Philly game that Ellis missed, the Warriors were uncompetitive and lost by 28 points. Curry scored 21, but had only 4 assists.

    Not only does Monta score, he makes his teammates better and inspires them to be competitive. In the Philly game, Curry put up points, but inspired no one else in a listless loss.

    Monta has laid to rest any doubts that he is the Warriors best player.

  3. bloodsweatndonuts

    “This is not a religious issue for me. It’s strictly about the music.”

    Great line. Striper rulez.

  4. since Jenkins’ cameo appearance was skipped in the game summary, noteworthy was one ability he showed that no other guard on the roster has — he can set very good picks. a couple of times he went into the paint without the ball and picked off a forward or wing. well suited to the Sloan system that uses back screens set by the guards (Sloan was adept himself of course), but Jackson is hardly likely to put in plays for someone he’s given the fourth/fifth guard slot.

  5. Still sticking with my 33-33 prediction.
    Oh, they’re gonna take two of the next three.

    I’m back off the bridge, people!

  6. More specifics on Curry’s ankles:

    “Curry had surgery to repair two of the three main ligaments in his ankle and now has sprained the third. He hurt the ankle in a preaseason game against the Sacramento Kings, then in the second regular season game against the Chicago Bulls and again vs. the San Antonio Spurs on Jan. 4.”

    And is flying to his surgeon in Charlotte on Monday–to repair the third?

  7. MWLX,

    Monta is playing better this year bc he’s sharing the ball more, but he’s not as good as a healthy Curry. At the Philly game Curry hadn’t practiced with the team for nearly a week. That’s not an accurate barometer. Curry still makes his teammates better when he’s healthy by quite a bit. One example–although Monta does get quite a few assists over the course of a game, many of those come after he leaves his feet, along with many key turnovers at the end of games. Like the key turnovers Monta committed tonight late in the game. He leaves his feet at key points in the game and gets caught without a good option. The offense just doesn’t move as well when Monta is running it.

    • Disagree. The Philly game was a good barometer. Curry was 9 of 15 shooting, including 3 for 8 on threes. That’s not rusty. His measley 4 assists were exceeded by 5 turnovers. Rust? Well, so far this season, Monta has averaged 8.1 assists to 3.4 TOs for a 2.4 ratio; Stephen has averaged 5.6 assists to 3.6 TOs for a 1.6 ratio. Not good for your point guard.

      But my main point was focused on the utterly listless play in the 28-point Philly loss when Monta didn’t play. Whatever you might say about Monta’s performance, including last night’s painful loss, the team has played with energy when he’s on the floor. Against Philly, they played their worst game when Monta was absent and Curry was running the show.

      This is not to knock Curry. It’s just to make a point that you and many so-called pundits miss: Monta is the better player and team leader right now.

  8. “I’m back off the bridge, people!”

    Brytex, how about some unsolicited advice? Yes, I will miss you, but get back to that bridge before the pain gets any worse. If you’re really lucky maybe you come back as the wealthiest person on Earth, buy the team from Lacob and rehire Nelli so we can go back to watching 130-128 games each week. Oh, and don’t forget to say “Geronimo” for good luck. It would suck if you came back as a web blog moderator.

  9. Feltbot’s Warriors Blog is officially rendered speechless by that Utah game. I am literally afraid to record my thoughts, so the best course of action is to simply say nothing, and wait for a game that rekindles my guttering flame of hope.

    I post only to inform you that I’m ending my TWolves bet. They are suffering some injury problems to Barea, who has a key role this season, and Michael Beasley, that contributed to them laying eggs in the last two games. But that is only partially the problem. The last two lines, -4.5 against Memphis and -7 against Cleveland, seemed ridiculous to me. I’m guessing that fan interest in Ricky Rubio has created a wave of TWolves money. That makes the premise of my bet, that the greatly improved TWolves could fly under the radar for a short period, invalid. And so adios. I finish the bet 2-2.

  10. felt: re Utah, tell me David Lee’s wasn’t the softest 15 rebound game you’ll ever see. He’s just very limited physically for a 4 (not to speak of, a 5).

  11. “Hope” a lottery draft pick makes.

  12. Feltbot,

    Monta had six turnovers last night. Like a couple other Warriors a few of his turnovers occurred when he drove, and with poor passing angles tried to dish to his teammate. Utah of course would sniff the pass and jump the passing lane. Is this part of a concious strategy being taught by Rev Jackson? Why are Ellis (and Wright, and Thompson et al passing when they are right next to the cup)? It seems so obvious the spacing of the offense is very poor. And Monta as talented as he is, pounds the ball into the ground ala Eric Gordon.

  13. And why wasnt our beloved Biedrins on the bench to watch the debacle. $9 mil per year, and he gets to watch from the tanning salon (not that it matters)? Or did I miss that he got traded?

  14. Is there any way someone could slip something in Jackson’s gatorade before the game? Or at least before his post game interview. Or if not drugs, how about some religious rapture? Man, this guy has to loosen up.

    His moralistic condemnation is galling, and if it represents the way he coaches the guys, self-defeating. Of course they screw up–they’ve got a bunch of rookies and three players who’ve only been here a week.

    He said he had no problem with their offense last night.

    New rule: the tube goes off right after the game is over.

    • I couldn’t bear to hang around for the postgame. Jackson said that? Why in the !@#$%^ hell would he be OK with Monta, Thompson and his other good shooters making a 2-ft pass to Kwame Brown instead of finishing their own drives? The Warriors had endless pointless turnovers as a result, when they could have simply let their scorers score. WTF?

      Why get the ball to Udoh over 20 ft. away from the hoop? When Monta got doubled- and triple-teamed, where were the help players? We saw two pick-and-rolls with D. Lee, and they both scored. Why didn’t we do it more? Why would anyone run a p&r with a sluggo like Brown when Lee is on the floor?

      Lee is great on the high post, but the top of the key is the limit of his shooting range. Why post him higher than that? He got stuck out there several times.

      In the final play of the game, was there anyone anywhere who didn’t think Monta would end up taking the shot? Gosh, I wonder if Utah figured it out too. Doesn’t Jackson have a single play for those situations other than Monta 1-on-5?

      That offense wasn’t even close to OK. Utah was a very beatable team. The Warriors offense was stupid. If Jackson sincerely believes it was good, he is stupid.

  15. OT: We interrupt all this depressing Warriors talk for something called the “Hot 100 Grand Finale” from the MGM Grand in Las Vegas. Finally, a winning team I could put my arms around!

  16. Felty: I have a hard time agreeing that K.Brown played a great game against the Lakers, given that the Warriors performed the worse as a team when K.Brown was on the court. The Lakers scored 11 more points then the Warriors during K.Brown’s 34 minutes of playing time.

    Most of Bynum’s missed six shots, were 2 tip-ins, a lay-up, and a 19 footer. Byuum was 2-3 from the field with K.Brown on the court in the fourth quarter.

    You are absolutely right in your previous assertion that K. Brown should not play in the fourth quarter.

    The Warriors also performed very badly as a team with K.Brown playing 30 minutes against Utah.

    Until, Jackson and you both realize that Udoh should be on the court 30 minutes, not K.Brown, the Warriors will continue to struggle.

    The Warriors scored 11 more points then Utah during Udoh’s 15 stint on the court, even with him going 0-3 from the field, went down a equal number of points during Brown’s time on the court, even though he shot 3-4 from the field.

    It seems like Udoh plays better defensively in the half court zone, then in the man-to-man Jackson employs.

    The problem for the Warriors is the coaching, not the roster. Not running, not allocating playing time correctly, going to K.Brown as part of the offense.

    If Jackson is not going to give Udoh a shot at playing most of the time at center, then the Warriors should blow up the team, and obtain a center, as both Biedrins, and K.Brown are not going to help produce wins. It should be noted that Udoh appears much stronger this year in his upper torso.

    • “Until, Jackson and you both realize that Udoh should be on the court 30 minutes, not K.Brown, the Warriors will continue to struggle.”

      I’m not sure I see the connection between my own opinion, and the Warrior’s struggles, Frank :>

      But fwiw, I agree with almost everything you wrote.

      • The glimmer of hope I see is that the Warriors bigs are looking to throw long outlet passes every time they pull down an offensive rebound. BUT, the team is not finishing on the fast break well enough. Spacing is certainly an issue part of the time — but sometimes I wish the guards, Monta included, would simply pass more.

        It’s time to start taking open three pointers on the fast break. The Warriors have the shooters to do it, but the team is so focused on getting to the rim and into the paint on the fast break that they pass up those shots. No wonder they’re averaging less than 100 per game.

  17. Steve,

    Lol. Is this blog now a Harassing Environment? Heck, the Warriors’ entire history is harassing. Plus, I detect abundant Performance Enhancers in that video.

    Frank, Udoh should be taking minutes from Lee, not Kwame, imo.

    When I saw the Chicago game, I thought the lineup of Curry, Thompson, Rush, Udoh and Kwame was terrific. Curry and Thompson both have high BBall IQs and mesh together much better than Ellis/Thompson. Of course, the Curry/Thompson back court wouldn’t be very good this week.

  18. Dudes,

    A new coach, a rookie/newbie/virgin.
    A new philosophy and new systems on offense and D.
    The 3rd coach in 3 years.
    An unsophisticated but opinionated owner/GM whose vision for the team does not match the current makeup.
    2/3 new players.
    One of the youngest and least experienced teams in the league.
    A 2-week preseason.
    The majority of players not even on hand for the full preseason (including 6 players who are now getting significant minutes).
    When he’s playing at all, a necessarily cautious team leader in Stephen Curry.

    Even if Jackson knew the basics of strategizing for games (?), or running games (?), it would take time for him to learn how to best use individual players, then design plans around their strengths and weaknesses, then train players to execute those plans within a team framework, then figure out how to adjust plans in the heat of games to handle changes in an opponent’s strategy. At the moment, Jackson is still in step 1, figuring out what he has. It takes time.

    Realistically, and sadly, the Warriors are right where they can be expected to be. At the starting line.

    I think the Warriors players are fine this year – 1.5 superstars, a couple of better-than-average players, several solid role players and a fairly well-rounded bench (finally, after all those years of running short-handed). Not a dominant team, but enough talent to win a decent share of games, with good coaching.

    An excellent coach could bring this group up to respectable by the end of the season. A merely good coach isn’t going to get there until next year. It remains to be seen how good a coach Mark Jackson can turn out to be.

    That’s the biggest concern I have about the team. Outside the locker room Jackson delivers an endless flood of nicynice positivity and motivational noises, but damn little straight talk. I hope he doesn’t actually think that sort of thing can replace planning and organization, training, strategy and crafty game-time coaching. Because if hype is all he’s got – and he hasn’t shared anything else with us fans – then next year the Warriors are going to have their 4th new coach in 4 years. And we’ll be back at the starting line again.

      • Although if there were some coaching plan in place last year built around the players which would have continued into this season, one or two bench players added then and given experience, and Curry were healthy (too much to ask?), this team would be winning more games now.

        Whatever Lacob & co. said about winning now, it seems fairly clear they’re really looking down the road 4-5 years, believing the team can’t win until it gets their brand of superstar, until they can move to SF and make the new arena a Xanadu for top players, etc.

  19. Steinmetz is an idiot. The piece about Monta needing to be more vocal is silly. It’s Curry who they need to be more vocal. Or maybe they want Monta to pipe up: “I can’t play with Klay Thompson.” Yeah, that’s a good idea.

    • Agree on the Steinmetz article. It was a stupid line of questioning, and asking the same thing over and over was just obnoxious.

      I thought Monta handled the question perfectly. Kobe and LeBron should follow his example, not the other way around. It’s a team game.

    • “Steinmetz is an idiot.” This is news to someone?

  20. Prediction: If Mark Jackson insists on playing Kwame Brown in this game against the Miami Heat, the Warriors will get blown out on their home floor.


    • Any word on whether Andris is ready to play again? He or (even better) Udoh would handle Bosh far better than Brown.

      If Brown does get big minutes tonight, maybe we can start a recall petition on Jackson? (Or maybe against Lacob. I wonder how much his opinions drive Jackson’s game strategy, substitions and playing time.)

  21. A quick comparison:

    — Mike Singletary – a new head coach full of bombast who couldn’t make it happen on the field.

    — Hue Jackson – a new head coach full of bluster who couldn’t make it happen on the field.

    — Jim Harbaugh – a new head coach (with college success) who plays it straight and appears to have won over his players, with great success.

    — Reggie McKenzie – a new GM who speaks softly but appears to carry a big stick; results are awaited, anxiously.

    — Mark Jackson – a new head coach with a unique kind of bombast who has yet to make it happen on the court.

    Injuries cloud the picture for the two Jacksons, but I have a sense of foreboding that MJackson is on the same path as HJackson and MSingletary, for many of the same reasons. All hat and no cattle.

    We could also do a comparison of owners – Lacob versus York versus MDavis. No question who would win the bluster award in this category.

  22. Feltbot,

    Keith Smart must have learned about up tempo. Kings are running on steroids since he took over coaching. Evans and Cousins certain to improve stats and I believe while their interior defense is very poor, they will win more.
    Maybe Mark J. can pay attention when they play later this year.

  23. MT: Curry to return this weekend?

    “Curry’s trip to Charlotte produced good news. He doesn’t have to have surgery again. He won’t have an extended rehabilitation period.

    Curry was examined by team orthopaedist Tim McAdams on Saturday. Monday, he met with OrthoCarolina foot and ankle specialist Bob Anderson, who performed surgery on Curry’s ankle in May. After the examinations, Golden State released a statement that Curry’s ankle has sustained no structural damage. He is officially listed as day-to-day, though he won’t be able to play until he passes a functionality test.

    Curry won’t play tonight against Miami. Doubt he’ll play Thursday against Orlando. But I wouldn’t be surprised if he returns Saturday when the Warriors visit Charlotte.”

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