The Golden State Warriors will go without star point guard Stephen Curry at least one more time Friday night when they continue a seven-game homestand against the Charlotte Hornets. The Hornets took advantage of the Warriors sloppy play as they scored 32 points off of turnovers. While struggling with his shot (4-of-11), Warriors forward Draymond Green tied for a career-high 16 assists, while adding eight piints and 11 rebounds.
According to Anthony Slater of The Athletic, Warriors head coach Steve Kerr has expressed optimism that Curry is finally going to play on Saturday which would be the sharpshooter's first game since suffering a nasty ankle injury during a win against the New Orleans Pelicans back in December 4. After the two teams were tied at 53 at halftime, the Hornets took control in the second half as they outscored the Warriors, 58-47 in the final two quarters.
The Charlotte Hornets (13-22) were able to defeat the Golden State Warriors (28-8) as they picked up only their third road win of the season.
It didn't get any better for the league's defending champs.
Reserves Frank Kaminsky and Jeremy Lamb produced nine points in an 11-0 scoring run early in the fourth quarter that stretched Charlotte's lead from 84-81 to 95-81. He is expected to have a minutes restriction after missing his 11th game. "I would say most likely he'll play", Kerr said. So we'll see how he's feeling (Saturday) morning. Kerr said that, if Casspi is feeling OK on Friday, he could also return Saturday against Memphis. He made just 37.7 percent from the field the previous eight games, including 29.5 percent on 3-pointers. Even though the Warriors were without Stephen Curry, it was still one of the best games Charlotte played all season and arguably their biggest win of the year.
"We're a totally different team with Steph on the court as far as how we play", noted Kevin Durant, who has spearheaded the defensive effort with two or more blocked shots in 10 straight games. Durant, a four-time National Basketball Association scoring champ, has blocked at least two shots in 10 consecutive games.
"Anything's possible", Kerr said when asked how he expects Curry to perform in his first game back from the ankle injury that has sidelined him three-plus weeks.
"It's not too bad".