Earlier Thursday, it was pretty clear Stephen Curry wasn’t going to be sidelined for any significant length of time by his bruised left shin. Later in the day, the duration of Curry’s absence got snugged up to, well, no further time at all.
Since Curry’s sore shin is a pain issue rather than an injury-potentially-leading-to-complications issue, his ability to tolerate the discomfort seemed to be carrying the day. At Golden State’s workout in El Segundo, Calif., between its road games against the Lakers and the Trail Blazers, beat writer Diamond Leung of bayareanewsgroup.com was on hand when Warriors interim coach Luke Walton addressed Curry’s availability for Friday’s game at Portland. Let’s just say, don’t expect any C.J. McCollum-like pine time due to clerical error, medical prognosis or anything else for the league’s reigning MVP:
“If the trainers and him say he’s good to play, then we’ll play him,” [Walton] said Thursday.
Overhearing the topic of Walton’s interview, Curry interjected, “I want to play!”
Harrison Barnes is expected to come off the bench again after having recently recovered from a sprained ankle.
Festus Ezeli (rest from sore toe) and James Michael McAdoo (sprained left toe) practiced.