Stephen Curry still feeling discomfort in his foot

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Kendra Andrews: Steph says that he still feels some discomfort in his foot, but “that doesn’t matter.” It’s about figuring out how to manage that through the playoffs. He also said he’s not necessarily rushing back to the starting lineup, but is just focused on making his minutes impactful.
Source: Twitter @kendra__andrews

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Kendra Andrews @kendra__andrews
Late in the second quarter, Steph Curry hit a shot that prompted him to scream “I’m f——-g back!”
ESPN story from Game 2:…4:16 AM

Sean Cunningham @SeanCunningham
Warriors play an immaculate 3rd quarter, win Game 2 behind Jordan Poole, Stephen Curry & Draymond Green take a 2-0 series lead.

Mark Haynes @markhaynesnba
When Stephen Curry was asked, when will Jordan Poole takeover technical free-throw shooting after he missed two free throws tonight? His response was one word.
“Never.” – 2:12 AM

CJ Holmes @CjHolmes22
Stephen Curry when asked if Jordan Poole should start shooting the technical free throws: “Never.” – 2:11 AM

Jason Dumas @JDumasReports
Steph Curry asked at what point does Jordan Poole take the technical free throw: “Never. I could miss ten in a row and I’m still stepping to the line.” 😂 – 2:10 AM

Connor Letourneau @Con_Chron
Stephen Curry on Jordan Poole: “The maturation in his game in these three years has been unbelievable.” – 2:06 AM

Mark Medina @MarkG_Medina
Steph Curry on if he expects to start soon: “Right now, the goal is to make my minutes impactful as much as possible. We will see.” – 2:04 AM

Mark Medina @MarkG_Medina
Steph Curry on if Draymond Green guarding Nikola Jokic: “Draymond loves a challenge. We understand we’re not going to shut Jokic out.” – 2:02 AM

Mark Haynes @markhaynesnba
Draymond Green talked about Stephen Curry and Jordan Poole starting together.
“The thing about the playoffs is every series takes on a life of its own. Every series requires different matchups and different adjustments. At some point, I’m sure they will be starting together.” – 1:45 AM

Anthony Slater @anthonyVslater
Draymond Green reminding that Steph Curry will be back in the starting lineup soon, but: “Ultimately, Jordan (Poole) gonna have to start, too.”
“Steve can figure that one out.” – 1:27 AM

Mark Medina @MarkG_Medina
Draymond Green: “Ultimately, we got to have Steph Curry in the lineup. We’re not trying to keep Steph in the 6th man role. But ultimately Jordan has to start, too.” – 1:26 AM

Kendra Andrews @kendra__andrews
“Jesus!” Draymond Green said when he looked at the boxscore at the podium. I asked him what number he was looking at. It was Steph Curry’s plus-32. – 1:21 AM

Matt Williams @StatsWilliams
Warriors with Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson and Jordan Poole all on court vs Nuggets in 1st Round:
15 minutes
51 points
+ 20 points diff
61% FG (54% 3-pt FG)
12 assists
0 turnovers – 1:16 AM

Mark Medina @MarkG_Medina
Steve Kerr said there was no sales pitch on convincing Steph Curry to accept a bench role. Kerr: “He’s humble off the floor and arrogant on the floor.” Kerr added, “it’s very matter-of-fact with Steph.” – 1:09 AM

CJ Holmes @CjHolmes22
Steve Ker when asked if Stephen Curry will return to the starting lineup soon: “We’ll see.” – 1:08 AM

Mark Medina @MarkG_Medina
Warriors coach Steve Kerr on if Stephen Curry will start very soon. Kerr smiled, “We’ll see.” – 1:08 AM

Monte Poole @MontePooleNBCS
Steph Curry is the first player in the NBA shot-clock era to score 30 points in as little as 23 minutes in a playoff game, per Elias via Warriors. He had 34 – 1:05 AM

CJ Holmes @CjHolmes22
From @Golden State Warriors PR: Stephen Curry scored 34 points in 23 minutes. According to the Elias Sports Bureau, prior to tonight, no player in the shot clock era has scored as many as 30 points in 23 minutes or less in a playoff game. – 1:04 AM

Mike Vorkunov @MikeVorkunov
“Steph Curry is the greatest sixth man ever in the playoffs.” — Mike Malone – 1:03 AM

Mark Medina @MarkG_Medina
Steve Kerr on Stephen Curry having 34 points in 23 minutes off the bench: “It didn’t surprise me because we’ve been watching this a lot of times from Steph.” – 1:02 AM

Kendra Andrews @kendra__andrews
Wow. Steph Curry shot 12-17 (71%) from the field, the highest FG % of his playoff career. It’s the first time in his career he scored 30+ points in fewer than 25 minutes (regular season or playoffs) even though it was the 48th time he played 25 minutes or less. H/t @ESPNStatsInfo12:53 AM

CJ Holmes @CjHolmes22
Warriors blast the Nuggets in Game 2, 126-106, and take a 2-0 series lead. Curry, Thompson and Poole combined for 84 points. Golden State limited Jokic (ejected) to 9-20 shooting. Chase Center was unbelievable tonight, felt like a house party. Game 3 is Thursday in Denver. – 12:41 AM

Tom Haberstroh @tomhaberstroh
Stephen Curry has 50 points in 45 minutes this postseason. He should probably start. – 12:36 AM

Sean Cunningham @SeanCunningham
Stephen Curry sinks the Warriors’ 17th 3-pointer of the night, giving him 32 points in the game, and Draymond Green just can’t help but catch the vibe and dance during the timeout. AM

Matt Williams @StatsWilliams
Stephen Curry averaged 1.48 points per minute tonight, his highest points per minute average in a playoff game in his career (34 points in 22:57).
He also shot 71% from the field, the highest field goal percentage in a playoff game in his career. – 12:35 AM

StatMuse @statmuse
Steph Curry off the bench:
34 PTS
12-17 FG
5-10 3P
in 23 MINS
That’s the most points in a playoff game in 23 minutes or fewer since 1975 (regardless of starting or not). AM

Kerith Burke @KerithBurke
Curry’s 34 off the bench is the second-most by a Warriors reserve in a playoff game, trailing only….Curry with a 40-point effort versus Portland in 2016. – 12:34 AM

Anthony Slater @anthonyVslater
Steph Curry’s night is over: 34 points in 23 bench minutes. He went 12 of 17 overall, 5 of 10 from 3. Warriors were a +32 with him on the floor. – 12:33 AM

Nate Duncan @NateDuncanNBA
Curry is 7/7 on 2s – 12:31 AM

Adam Lauridsen @GSWFastBreak
Curry and Poole: 22-32 from the field. Curry +32 in 22 minutes. Scary, scary stuff. – 12:30 AM

Monte Poole @MontePooleNBCS
Stephen Curry has 31 points on 16 shots in 23 minutes – 12:28 AM

Marcus Thompson @ThompsonScribe
Curry coming in at the 9:01 mark … finishing the game would put him at 28 minutes – 12:19 AM

Malika Andrews @malika_andrews
Jordan Poole — 29 points
Steph Curry — 26 points
Klay Thompson — 21 points
The Warriors’ offense is cooking. – 12:18 AM

Marcus Thompson @ThompsonScribe
Poole has 29 and Curry, who still has up to six minutes left to play, has 26.
The last Warriors’ teammates to score at least 30 in a playoff game was … not a surprise … Durant (39) and Curry (34) in Game 5 of the 2017 NBA Finals – 12:17 AM

Adam Lauridsen @GSWFastBreak
Curry and Poole: 19-27 from the field. – 12:16 AM

Mark Haynes @markhaynesnba
Poole, Curry, and Thompson all have over 20 points tonight. – 12:12 AM

Adam Lauridsen @GSWFastBreak
Stephen Curry: +27 in 18 minutes. – 12:09 AM

Sean Cunningham @SeanCunningham
A 44-30 3rd period gives the Warriors a 101-81 lead over the Nuggets headed to the 4th quarter at Chase Center. Stephen Curry and company may have just crushed Denver’s spirit in that period. – 12:07 AM

Carl Steward @stewardsfolly
What a game for Curry in just his second game back. But he did miss those technical free throws, yeah. – 11:59 PM

Marcus Thompson @ThompsonScribe
Curry misses his 2nd technical FT. He can’t believe it lol – 11:59 PM

James Boyd @RomeovilleKid
Steph Curry with his signature F U 3-pointer. 😂😂 – 11:58 PM

Kerith Burke @KerithBurke
Klay scored 8 straight for the Dubs, then a Draymond steal led to a Curry layup and the Nuggets call timeout. andddd as I type this, Steph nails a three and he’s fouled. Relentless waves of scoring coming at the Nuggets. – 11:57 PM

CJ Holmes @CjHolmes22
Curry’s shimmying on these dudes now.
Warriors lead Denver 84-68 with 3:17 left in the third quarter.
“Warriors” chants are echoing throughout Chase Center.
Yeah, this one might be a wrap. A lot of basketball left though. – 11:56 PM

Anthony Slater @anthonyVslater
Mid third quarter
Jordan Poole: 21 points on 7/11 FG
Steph Curry: 20 points on 8/11 FG
Klay Thompson: 18 points on 8/15 FG – 11:56 PM

Sean Cunningham @SeanCunningham
Stephen Curry up to 20 points now off the Warriors bench with 3:17 left in the 3rd – Golden State enjoying a 27-17 period. – 11:55 PM

J. Kyle Mann @jkylemann
when i saw the speed of this steph curry three i knew i wanted to time it
finger tip to finger tip — .53
imagine trying to defend this 🤯 PM

Ryan Blackburn @NBABlackburn
The Nuggets got hit with the ascension of Steph Curry in 2013.
They’re now getting hit with the Jordan Poole leap in 2022. While Curry, Klay, and Dray are still there.
Life just isn’t fair sometimes. – 11:39 PM

CJ Holmes @CjHolmes22
It took one (1) game for Curry to get his groove back. – 11:26 PM

Monte Poole @MontePooleNBCS
Curry becomes the 16th player in NBA history with 3,000 postseason points, per Warriors – 11:24 PM

Marcus Thompson @ThompsonScribe
Curry is +17 with the Warriors’ holding a 6-point lead – 11:21 PM

Monte Poole @MontePooleNBCS
Warriors trailed by 8 (43-35) when Kerr unleashed the dragons with 6:02 left in Q2. They go into halftime up 6 (57-51)
-Curry 16, Poole 14, Thompson 10 (63.0pct FG)
-FG – GSW: 53.3, DEN:38.3
– – 11:21 PM

Law Murray @LawMurrayTheNU
Warriors outscored Nuggets by 17 points in Stephen Curry’s 12:34 in first half.
Curry outscored Nuggets bench 16-10
That’s the game so far, pretty much – 11:21 PM

Peter Vecsey @PeterVecsey1
imagine if Wally Pipp Steph Curry-like talent, Lou Gehrig might’ve been the unluckiest guy in the world… – 11:18 PM

Marcus Thompson @ThompsonScribe
Will Barton is YELLING at Monte Morris after that last Curry walk-up 3 – 11:13 PM

Marcus Thompson @ThompsonScribe
Curry and Poole know once Jokic is out anywhere past FT line, they only have to beat their man and it’s a layup – 11:10 PM

Gordon Gross @GMoneyNuggs
“The Nuggets just don’t have the people to matchup with Curry and Poole,” says Stan Van Gundy. Never have – that’s not what this roster has been built for, for better or worse. Gotta find solutions anyway. – 11:10 PM

The Ringer @ringernba
(📼 @NBAonTNT) PM

Mark Haynes @markhaynesnba
This lineup with Curry, Poole, Thompson, Wiggins, and Green is doing a lot of damage.
#DubNation11:07 PM

Kendra Andrews @kendra__andrews
The Warriors small ball lineup of Curry, Thompson, Poole, Wiggins and Green checks in and scores nine unanswered points in just under two minutes. Warriors are on a 13-0 run overall. – 11:06 PM

Brady Hawk @BradyHawk305
Curry is just insane to watch tbh – 11:05 PM

Connor Letourneau @Con_Chron
9-0 run from the Warriors gives them their first lead of the night, 44-43 with 4:11 left in Q2. Curry just hit the kind of absurd layup that only he can make. Crowd in a frenzy right now. – 11:05 PM

Marcus Thompson @ThompsonScribe
You could make a strong case that Steph Curry is … lol – 11:04 PM

CJ Holmes @CjHolmes22
Warriors have Curry, Thompson, Poole, Wiggins and Green on the court with 6 minutes left in the half.
(Insert name here) lineup time. Golden State down 8. – 11:00 PM

CJ Holmes @CjHolmes22
Curry is back on the bench. Poole, Thompson, Payton, Porter and Bjelica start the second quarter. – 10:43 PM

Monte Poole @MontePooleNBCS
After 1: Warriors trail 26-25
-Trailed by 9 before 10-2 closing run
-Wiggins 8, Poole 7, Curry 5
-45.5pct FG (DEN: 37.5)
-15-10 rebounding deficit – 10:41 PM

CJ Holmes @CjHolmes22
Curry get’s his first 3-pointer of the night to fall, then Porter makes another on the Warriors’ next trip down. With those makes, Golden State trimmed Denver’s lead to 5. Timeout on the floor. – 10:34 PM

Mark Medina @MarkG_Medina
Andre Iguodala crushed Steph Curry in the ‘Compliment Battle.’ PM

Marcus Thompson @ThompsonScribe
Curry didn’t wait this time. Immediately went iso against Hyland for the midrange – 10:25 PM

Mark Medina @MarkG_Medina
Steph Curry was the lone defender on Nikola Jokic. That was interesting. – 10:25 PM

CJ Holmes @CjHolmes22
Stephen Curry checks in for the first time tonight with 6:32 left in the first quarter. He’s out there with Thompson, Wiggins, Porter and Green. – 10:24 PM

Marcus Thompson @ThompsonScribe
Curry in for Poole, with Klay, Wiggins, Green and Porter. Warriors are 1-for-7 from 3. – 10:24 PM

Mark Medina @MarkG_Medina
Stephen Curry checks in at the 6:32 mark of the 1st Q. Most dangerous 6th man ever – 10:24 PM

Peter Vecsey @PeterVecsey1
Just call Steph Curry Wally Pipp… – 10:20 PM

Mark Medina @MarkG_Medina
Otto Porter Jr came off the bench before Stephen Curry. I suspect that has to do with Kevon Looney collecting two early fouls – 10:19 PM

CJ Holmes @CjHolmes22
Stephen Curry will come off the bench again in Game 2. PM

Mark Medina @MarkG_Medina
Stephen Curry will come off the bench for Game 2 as well. Warriors have a Jordan Poole & Klay Thompson starting backcourt – 9:36 PM

Kendra Andrews @kendra__andrews
Step Curry is coming off the bench again.
Jordan Poole, Klay Thompson, Andrew Wiggins, Draymond Green and Kevon Looney are starting. – 9:35 PM

Anthony Slater @anthonyVslater
Steph Curry is coming off the bench tonight again, I’m told. Same starters: Jordan Poole, Klay Thompson, Andrew Wiggins, Draymond Green, Kevon Looney. – 9:32 PM

Mark Medina @MarkG_Medina
Steph Curry working on his footwork during his shooting routine PM

Mark Medina @MarkG_Medina
Steph Curry working on some hook shots and floaters PM

Mark Medina @MarkG_Medina
Steph Curry beginning his pre-game warmup with Q PM

Harrison Wind @HarrisonWind
Michael Malone liked how Austin Rivers guarded Steph Curry in the 1Q of Game 1, but made it sound like he won’t alter his rotation too much if Curry starts tonight. He again mentioned getting more shooting on the floor (Bryn Forbes) if the Warriors double Nikola Jokic early. – 8:46 PM

Micah Adams @MicahAdams13
The Beach Boys lineup played 5 minutes in Game 1.
It outscored the Nuggets 20-6.
And that’s with a C- Steph Curry. – 8:42 PM

Vinny Benedetto @VBenedetto
Andre Iguodala was a late add to the Warriors injury report with neck spasms. Warriors coach Steve Kerr says “it’s a bummer.” Sounds like Iguodala is doubtful tonight.
Kerr declines to answer whether or not Stephen Curry will start Game 2. – 8:19 PM

Mark Medina @MarkG_Medina
Steve Kerr declines once again on if Steph Curry will start or come off the bench for Game 2 – 8:18 PM

Kristian Winfield @Krisplashed
Offensive rebounds, turnovers, poor transition defense, and touches for Seth Curry, all underscored by a particularly poor shooting night for Kevin Durant.
Reviewing Game 1 film showed obvious ways the Nets need to adjust to the Celtics for Game 2.…7:39 PM

Steve Popper @StevePopper
NBA last-2-minute report rules one incorrect no-call against both Nets and Celtics — Curry should have been called for a foul with 1:05.6 remaining and Tatum should have been called for one with 54 seconds to play. – 4:58 PM

Mark Medina @MarkG_Medina
Steve Kerr declined to say if Steph Curry is starting and how many minutes he’ll play in Game 2 – 2:04 PM

CJ Holmes @CjHolmes22
Give me your best nickname ideas for the Curry-Thompson-Poole lineup. PM

Anthony Slater @anthonyVslater
Draymond Green on the Poole-Klay-Curry-Wiggins-Green lineup: “What’s going to be that group’s identity on the defensive end?”
Kerr: “We need Wiggs to rebound. We can’t foul. If we don’t foul, we can get out and run.”
Draymond: “It has to speed people up.”
Full soundbites PM

Tom Haberstroh @tomhaberstroh
Warriors with Steph Curry ON/OFF
Regular season
Steph ON: +509
Steph OFF: -55
Game 1 vs. DEN:
Steph ON: +17
Steph OFF: -1 – 9:59 AM

More on this storyline

Anthony Slater: Steve Kerr said Steph Curry “came out of yesterday well.” Will get shots up today and is clear for Game 2. No word on whether he will start or come off the bench again. -via Twitter @anthonyVslater / April 17, 2022

Anthony Slater: Steph Curry explains the decision to come off the bench. Still undecided whether that will continue in Game 2. -via Twitter @anthonyVslater / April 17, 2022

Mark Medina: Steph Curry said “there’s a tough balance” with managing his injury because he’ll have “a lot of ice” to treat his left foot before Game 2 while also trying to build his rhythm -via Twitter @MarkG_Medina / April 17, 2022