Durant saves Warriors after twisted ankle costs Curry

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There was no immediate statement by the Warriors as to whether he'd be able to accompany the team on its second night of a back-to-back Friday at Portland. The schedule won't lighten up until they return home from their current three-game road trip with their next two stops in Oklahoma City and Houston.

And he did, scoring a game-high 37 points, including 14 straight down the stretch to lift the Warriors after the spirit had been sucked out of the building with Curry's injury.

"With Steph's ankle injuries it's kind of always a worry".

"I'm not thinking about the No. 1 seed", Kerr said, per Mark Medina of the San Jose Mercury News.

While Curry is out, head coach Steve Kerr will likely turn toward Shaun Livingston, Nick Young and Quinn Cook to serve as ball-handlers on the perimeter while the trio of Kevin Durant, Klay Thompson and Draymond Green continues to carry the offense. "Of course he wants to go back in the game, but it's a pretty simple decision, so we just tell him, 'Sorry, maybe next game'". "I thought we did a good job making them take some tough ones, but they made them".

The Warriors (51-15) don't have to worry about the regular season, instead able to focus on being healthy for the postseason.

Butler had knee surgery to fix a meniscus and his return this season is in doubt. He would return to shoot his two free throws but then exited the game just two minutes in.

Minnesota has lost four of the past six games, including the game Butler was hurt.

"We still have three All-Stars when Steph goes down", Kerr said after the game (ESPN). CJ McCollum scored 30 points and Lillard added 28. "It's what you're actually doing, not what you're saying". "We have so much talent, we can afford to miss one of our main guys".

LeBron James scored 25 points with 10 rebounds and 6 assists for Cleveland, whose lead over Washington and IN for 3rd place IN the East is now just half a game. "I probably shouldn't have said anything (to media) in the first place".



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