Warriors news: Stephen Curry (ankle), Klay Thompson (rest) out vs. Clippers
The Golden State Warriors head into Wednesday’s game against the Los Angeles Clippers riding a five-game win streak.
However, the Warriors will take the floor without the services of their All-Star backcourt with both Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson already declared out for the contest.
Injury update for tonight's game: Stephen Curry (sprained right ankle) & Klay Thompson (rest) are out. Kevin Durant (right calf strain), Draymond Green (right knee soreness) & Andre Iguodala (left knee & hip soreness) are available to play.
— Warriors PR (@WarriorsPR) January 10, 2018
The decision to sit Curry has come shortly after it was revealed that he had slipped on his right ankle near the end of shootaround on Wednesday morning.
Trainer checking Steph Curry out now after a slip toward end of shootaround, as @MontePooleNBCS reported. I didn't see it. Status for tonight unclear.
— Anthony Slater (@anthonyVslater) January 10, 2018
Curry had been performing quite well since he returned from an 11-game absence due to the injury as he’s averaging 35.2 points on 57.4 percent shooting from the field and 53.2 percent from beyond the arc along with 5.6 rebounds, 5.6 assists, 1.4 steals in the first five contests back. In fact, his 176 points scored over that span are the most by a player who has missed at least 10 straight games that season surpassing Chris Webber’s 160 points in March 2001.
His recent performances helped him earn the Western Conference Player of the Week for games for the first week of January. With Curry out, the Warriors may likely turn to veteran guard Shaun Livingston to draw the spot start against the Clippers.
Meanwhile, this will mark the first contest this season that Thompson has missed as he was the only Warriors player to play in the first 41 games. He is putting up another highly productive year averaging 20.7 points on 48.3 percent shooting from the field and 45.3 percent from beyond the arc. Thompson currently ranks sixth in the league in 3-point percentage and is first with 11.8 catch-and-shoot points per game.
The 27-year-old has scored in double-figures all but once this season while notching 24 20-point outings and one 30-point performance. Thompson currently has an active streak of 95 straight games with at least a 3-pointer made, which is the third-longest mark in league history and second-longest in franchise history trailing only Curry’s NBA-record 157 consecutive games.