OAKLAND — For one night, the Warriors will be without their star point guard that can make any shot from almost any distance. Warriors guard Stephen Curry will miss Monday’s game against the Orlando Magic at Oracle Arena because of a right thigh contusion that has not yet healed.
“If it were a playoff game, he’d play,” Warriors coach Steve Kerr said. “But it’s pretty sore.”
Kerr added that Curry’s injury is similar to the left thigh contusion Warriors forward Kevin Durant suffered that sidelined him last Wednesday against Miami. Kerr sounded optimistic, though, Curry will heal in time for Thursday’s game in Boston.
Shaun Livingston will start in Curry’s place because of his experience as 12-year NBA veteran. The Warriors also recalled guard Quinn Cook from their G-League affiliate in Santa Cruz.
“It’s an incredible luxury to have Shaun Livingston coming off the bench,” Kerr said, noting the Warriors went 5-1 with Livingston starting for an injured Curry during the 2015 NBA playoffs. “He’s there whenever we need him. HE doesn’t seem to mind when we don’t call his number. When we do, he’s ready. He’s the mark of a pro. It feels like we have a starting point guard, which we due when Shaun is out there. We’re pretty lucky.”
Curry suffered the injury after fighting through a hard screen against Sixers guard Ben Simmons in the first quarter of Sunday’s game. Though Curry went to the bench and subsequently visited the trainer’s room, Curry played for most of the game and did not feel initial pain. As the Warriors expected, Curry felt more pain in ensuing days. He received treatment during the team’s optional workout day on Sunday as well during morning shootaround on Monday.
The Warriors have remained deliberate in resting their key rotation players during minor ailments as well as to preserve them for the 2017-18 NBA season. The Warriors sat Durant during last Wednesday’s game against Minnesota after suffering a left thigh contusion during the previous game against Miami. The Warriors also sat Livingston, Andre Iguodala and David West for rest purposes in the last week.
The Warriors also recalled center Damian Jones from their G-League team in Santa Cruz. Though he will be on the inactive roster, Jones will watch the game from the Warriors’ bench for educational purposes. Warriors rookie forward Jordan Bell will be on the inactive roster.