OAKLAND — Five members of the Golden State Warriors will miss Wednesday’s contest against the Memphis Grizzlies: Draymond Green (right shoulder), Shaun Livingston (right knee), Andre Iguodala (flu), Zaza Pachulia (left shoulder) and Stephen Curry (ankle).
The team announced Tuesday that Curry would be out for at least one more week, ruling him out for the Christmas Day game against the Cleveland Cavaliers.
But, Curry did increase his level of participation in practice, moving side-to-side for the first time since the injury.
“I haven’t talked to Steph about when he’s going to play. We’ll call it day by day and when he gets close, we’ll have that conversation,” head coach Steve Kerr said. “He had a good day today. He was working out with Steve Nash and [assistant coach Bruce Fraser] and got a lot of good stuff in. He looked like he was moving pretty well. So, it’s a good sign.”
Green and Pachulia are expected to participate in a “mini-scrimmage” — likely a three-on-three game — on Thursday. They’ll be re-evaluated afterward to see if they’ll be ready for Friday’s game and beyond.
The Warriors play seven games in 10 days to wrap up 2018.
In the meantime, Golden State’s reserves will get some extended playing time.
“I want those [injured] guys to play, obviously. But I like the opportunity that it presents to Quinn [Cook] and Patrick [McCaw] and Nick Young,” Kerr said. “Jordan [Bell] and [Kevon Looney], I thought, played really well the other night in LA. So it’s a good opportunity for a lot of young players. We know that we’re lucky that most teams aren’t able to withstand this type of injury wave. But we’ve got a really deep team and we still have two all star players who are all-star scorers who can lead the way. We’re in good shape. We can still win games despite our injury rash.”