Stephen Curry not nervous after departing Warriors loss to Bucks with adductor injury

Stephen Curry \not nervous\ after departing Warriors\ loss to Bucks with adductor injury

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As I reported on @NBAonTNT, Stephen Curry has suffered a left adductor strain and will not return to this game. #GSWvsMIL

Curry walked to the locker room after checking out of the game in the third quarter prior to the confirmation of his adductor strain.

Stephen Curry came into the game shooting 53 percent from the field and 51 percent from behind the 3-point line, so a regression was probably due. Curry missed some open shots, but was also bothered all night by Milwaukees length, finishing the night with 10 points on 5-of-14 shooting, including 0-for-4 from 3-point range. Chalk it up to a bad night from the two-time MVP, but the Bucks defense definitely had a lot to do with it. On the other side of the ball, Curry picked up two quick fouls and struggled containing explosive point guard Eric Bledsoe, who had pretty much a free pass through the lane and to the rim all night long.

He appeared to have suffered the injury around halfway through the third quarter when running back on defense.

Warriors coach Steve Kerr said before the game that without Draymond Green in the lineup (he was ruled out with an injured foot), it was more a matter of effort than game plan on the defensive end. Well, Golden State certainly didnt put up much of an effort. They were sloppy and committed too many fouls early, as Giannis Antetokounmpo got to the free throw line 10 times in the first half alone (making nine of them). There were plenty of times when the Warriors went on a mini-run and needed a couple of defensive stops to further close the gap. Without Draymond, they were unable to get it done.

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Steph wont return with a left adductor strain which may have happened on this play. pic.twitter.com/gf3zmeTll0

The Bucks might as well have taken out an ad for real estate in the Oracle Arena paint on Thursday night. Coach Budenholzers squad has been launching 3-pointers at a prolific rate, but even when the 3s werent falling the Bucks managed to get points in the paint and at the free throw line. They scored 84 points in the paint on the night compared to the Warriors 32, which makes more sense when you realize they were missing one crucial piece to the defensive puzzle …

Curry struggled to 10 points of 5-of-14 shooting on the night, missing all four of this 3-point attempts as the Bucks built a commanding lead on the Warriors home floor.

Brad Stevens scrambled to make changes in the second half, starting Marcus Smart ahead of Jayson Tatum, who sat for the first nine minutes of the third quarter. The move energized the Celtics, who cut the Suns lead from 20 points at the half, to 15 by the end of the third quarter, to a point with 7.3 seconds left.

The Bucks cruised to a 134-111 win behind a big game from Giannis Antetokounmpo, who tallied 24 points, nine rebounds and four assists and didnt play the fourth quarter of the blowout win.

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Oklahoma Citys winning streak also includes victories over the Suns, Clippers, Hornets, Wizards, Pelicans and Cavs. While that might not be a murderers row, the Thunder have won their last seven games by an average of 12.1 points.

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Its safe to assume that Curry would make the cut for every person in the world. Durant would probably be excluded from some peoples Top 4 because this is only his third season with the Warriors and his future with the franchise is up in the air (I would definitely include him. The guy has won two Finals MVPs. Enough said).

Giannis Antetokounmpo and the Milwaukee Bucks are through messing around, and the result is the biggest power rankings shake-up of the year.

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Elsewhere, Anthony Davis elbow sprain caused a six-game skid for the New Orleans Pelicans, and the Utah Jazz just cant seem to put everything together. With those clubs plummeting down the rankings, weve got a pair of freshly available spots in the top 10.

Mitch Richmond is an interesting choice because he only played for the Warriors for three seasons before he was traded (foolishly) to the Kings. In the end, he wouldnt make the cut for me but thats a generational thing perhaps.

The upper reaches of our rankings remain off limits to all but a handful of select clubs. Nearly a month into the season, weve got a half-dozen elites working to separate themselves from the commoners. The Golden State Warriors, Milwaukee Bucks and Toronto Raptors have already done it, but squads in Denver, Portland, Houston and Boston are among those on the cusp of joining the upper crust.

These rankings are designed to organize all 30 teams into an order that reflects the leagues in-the-moment power structure. Full-season stats are the main component, but recent play, injuries and a dash of gut feeling round out the criteria.

Curry will undergo an MRI test Friday. His injury comes one game after three-time All-Star Draymond Green was sidelined with a toe sprain, which had him watching in street clothes on Thursday and likely will keep him out until next week.


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