Basketball Wiretap

Stephen Curry 'Playing At 70 Percent, At Best'

May 25, 2016 10:11 AM

Stephen Curry has struggled in Games 3 and 4 of the Golden State Warriors' series against the Oklahoma City Thunder, not showing any of the explosion he had during his MVP season before injuring his knee.

"He's playing at 70 percent, at best," a source close to Curry said.

Curry has downplayed the injury in his comments to the media.

Privately, the Oklahoma City Thunder have seen how Curry doesn't have the ability to make the big men switching onto him pay a price.

Curry injured his ankle in Game 1 of the first round and then his knee when he returned in Game 4 slipping on a wet spot in Houston.

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Stephen Curry Insists He's Not Injured

May 25, 2016 1:29 AM

Stephen Curry struggled in Game 4, scoring just 19 points on 20 shooting possessions in the Golden State Warriors' loss to the Oklahoma City Thunder.

"No, I'm fine," said Curry when asked about his knee.

Steve Kerr also was asked if Curry is still injured. Curry suffered a sprained MCL in Game 4 of the first round while also hurting his elbow in Game 2 of this series..

"He's not injured," Kerr said. "He's coming back from the knee, but he's not injured. He just had a lousy night. It happens, even to the best players in the world."


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Kevin Love Expects To Play In Game 5 After Stepping On Ref's Foot

May 24, 2016 10:15 AM

Kevin Love sat out the entire fourth quarter of the Cleveland Cavaliers' Game 4 loss to the Toronto Raptors after stepping on a referee's foot.

Love injured the knee more than the ankle with the accident.

"I think Kyrie [Irving] was shooting towards the end of the third quarter, and I stepped on the official's foot, and it didn't feel too great," said Love, who had a total of 13 points and 11 rebounds in Games 3 and 4. "More so the knee [than the ankle hurting]. Will be sore tomorrow, but nothing that will prevent me from playing."

Love suffered a season-ending injury in last year's playoffs when he hurt his shoulder.

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Jonas Valanciunas Upgraded To Gametime Decision For Game 4

May 23, 2016 11:24 AM

Jonas Valanciunas has been upgraded to a gametime decision for Game 4 of the Eastern Conference Finals.

Valanciunas was upgraded previously from out to doubtful. Signs are Valanciunas will play in the game.

Valanciunas hasn't played since badly spraining his ankle in Game 3 of the Eastern Conference Semifinals.

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Jonas Valanciunas Upgraded From 'Out' To 'Doubtful' For Game 4

May 22, 2016 4:51 PM

Jonas Valanciunas has been upgraded from out to doubtful for Game 4 by the Toronto Raptors.

Valanciunas hasn't played since Game 3 of the Eastern Conference Semifinals since suffering a sprained ankle.

Valanciunas has begun to walk with no signs of a limp and has been taking jumpers.

The Raptors trail in the series 2-1 to the Cleveland Cavaliers.

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Joel Embiid Making Progress But Remains Unlikely For Summer League

May 20, 2016 10:38 AM

Joel Embiid is unlikely to participate in Summer League with the Philadelphia 76ers.

But Embiid continues to make oncourt progress returning from multiple foot surgeries.

The 76ers want to make sure Embiid doesn't suffer a setback before the start of the regular season.

Asked Tuesday at the lottery if Embiid's situation is a cloud hanging over the organization, Bryan Colangelo replied, "I'd like to think of it as just an uncertainty, not necessarily a cloud. It's one more thing we're going through as far as progress and development.

"I would tell you that things are moving along, apparently in a very good fashion right now. And we're hopeful that he's part of things. Obviously, we're just going to have to wait and see how that plays out."

Tom Moore/Courier Times

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Stephen Curry's Elbow Healing, Not Likely To Go On Injury Report

May 19, 2016 7:12 PM

The Golden State Warriors are not expected to list Stephen Curry on the injury report with an injured elbow.

The swollen bursa sac, which Curry said looks like a tennis ball, didn’t need to be drained, and the team’s medical staff thinks the swelling will continue to improve before Game 3.

“The elbow is fine,” Curry said after scoring 15 of his team-high 28 points in a two-minute, third-quarter sequence of the Game 2 win Wednesday. “It looks like it has a tennis ball on top of it, but it doesn’t affect range of motion or anything, so I’ll be alright.”

Curry injured the elbow while chasing a loose ball into the stands.


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Kelly Olynyk Undergoes Surgery On Right Shoulder

May 17, 2016 6:19 PM

Kelly Olynyk underwent a successful right shoulder arthroscopy for recurrent subluxations on Monday.

He will begin an immediate rehabilitation program and the time frame for his return to basketball activities has not yet been determined.

Olynyk, who completed his third year with the team, averaged 10.0 points, including shooting 40.5 percent from beyond the arc, 4.1 rebounds and 1.5 assists in 20.2 minutes per game during the 2015-16 regular season.

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Jonas Valanciunas Ruled Out For Game 1

May 16, 2016 8:16 PM

Jonas Valanciunas has been ruled out of Game 1 of the Eastern Conference Finals as he continues to recover from a sprained right ankle.

"He's going to get treatment day to day," Dwane Casey said during a conference call on Monday. "I don't foresee it but I'm not committing to it. Just going to see how his body reacts and comes through rehab. It's going to be very difficult for Game 2. But to cancel him out for the entire series, I don't know."

Bismack Biyombo has entered the starting lineup at center.

"We're not going to jeopardize further hurting his ankle just to get him out there for a game," Casey said. "If he's not 100 percent we're not going to damage it."

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Stephen Curry Practices Without Knee Brace

May 15, 2016 5:28 PM

Stephen Curry practiced on Sunday without a brace on his injured right knee.

Curry doesn't expect the topic of his sprained MCL to be a topic moving forward.

"You probably won't hear me talk about it much after this," Curry said. "I'll be out there playing so it's nothing to worry about."

Curry sprained his MCL three weeks ago.

Curry played in Games 4 and 5 of the second round against the Portland Trail Blazers.

"There's nothing structurally wrong," Curry said. "I'm past the point where pain can shut things down, but it is still there."

Curry averaged 34.5 points, 9.5 assists and 7.0 rebounds in the two games he played against Portland, believes he can play his game effectively.

"I'm pretty confident going into the series I can be effective on the floor doing everything that I want to do and play the way I normally to play," Curry said. "Honestly it hasn't gotten much better in the last week, but it hasn't gotten worse either. I'm alright with that." 



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Andrew Bogut Questionable For Game 1 With Adductor Strain
Andrew Bogut practiced with the Warriors on Monday but he remains questionable for Game 1.

Jimmy Durkin/San Jose Mercury News

Heat Rule Out Hassan Whiteside For Game 7
Hassan Whiteside has been listed as day-to-day by the Heat.

Mike Mazzeo/ESPN

Draymond Green Has Been Tweaking Ankle Over Past Few Games
Draymond Green will start getting anti-inflammatories for the left ankle and receive treatment as the Warriors will have several off days.

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DeMarre Carroll, Luol Deng Leave Game 5 With Wrist Injuries
DeMarre Carroll's x-rays were negative while Luol Deng's were "inconclusive" and he'll be reevaluated on Thursday.

Doug Smith/Toronto Star

Stephen Curry Returning From Knee Injury For Game 4
Steve Kerr had said Stephen Curry would play if all went well during pregame warmups.

Marcus Thompson/Mercury News

Hassan Whiteside In Walking Boot, Knee Brace
Erik Spoelstra said "it's way too early to tell" how long Hassan Whiteside will be out.

Barry Jackson/Miami Herald

Hassan Whiteside Day-To-Day With Sprained MCL
The Heat did not reveal the extent of the injury and a timetable for Hassan Whiteside's return is unknown.

Jeff Zillgitt/USA Today

Stephen Curry Doubtful For Game 4, Making Progress
Stephen Curry hasn't played since Game 4 of the first round when he slipped on a damp spot on the floor.

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Jonas Valanciunas Out For 2nd Round With Ankle Sprain
Jonas Valanciunas suffered the injury in Game 3 while contesting a Dwyane Wade layup attempt.

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Hassan Whiteside, Jonas Valanciunas Exit Game 3 With Injuries
Hassan Whiteside injured his right knee in the second quarter.

Tom Haberstroh/ESPN

Blake Griffin Won't Play For Team USA In Offseason
Blake Griffin underwent a bone marrow procedure on his left quad tendon on April 27 and has already begun the rehabilitation process.

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Stephen Curry Out For Game 3, 'Slight Chance' Of Playing Game 4
Stephen Curry's original timetable was to be re-evaluated two weeks after the injury, which is this coming Monday.

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Stephen Curry Probably Won't Play Game 3
Stephen Curry has yet to play 3-on-3 but he could play 2-on-2 with assistants before Saturday's game and practice Sunday.

Diamond Leung/San Jose Mercury News

John Wall Undergoes Surgery On Left Patella Tendon
The surgery will help eliminate pain and assist healing in John Wall's left patella tendon.

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Chris Bosh Declared Out For Season
The NBPA urged the Heat to resolve Chris Bosh's uncertain situation as he recovers from blood clots.

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Stephen Curry Undergoes Platelet-Rich Plasma Treatment In Knee
PRP promotes healing and was given to Stephen Curry on the second day of his recovery process.

Diamond Leung/Mercury News

Stephen Curry Expected To Return For Game 3 Or Game 4
Stephen Curry has yet to return to basketball activities nine days after the sprain.

Diamond Leung/Mercury News

Union Working To Influence Heat On Letting Chris Bosh Return
Chris Bosh is attempting to return to game action as he recovers from blood clots that recurred in February.

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Stephen Curry Believes Chances 'Pretty Good' Of Game 3 Return
Stephen Curry has progressed to standstill shooting and plans on practicing later in the week.

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Stephen Curry Progresses To Standstill Shooting
Stephen Curry could blend back into practice on Thursday or Friday.

Rusty Simmons/San Francisco Chronicle