SAN FRANCISCO — Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry missed his second straight game Tuesday night against the LA Clippers as he continues to recover from the flu, but Warriors coach Steve Kerr believes Curry will be able to play Thursday night against the Brooklyn Nets.
“We expect him to play Thursday,” Kerr said before Tuesday’s game. “He wanted to play tonight, but we wouldn’t let him just given he hadn’t done anything the last three days. This is a good day for him to get a good workout and get some rest tonight and then workout again tomorrow. Hopefully everything goes smoothly and he’ll play Thursday night. That’s the plan.”
Curry, who returned to the lineup on March 5 after missing 58 games because of a broken left hand, went through Tuesday morning’s workout, but the Warriors wanted to be cautious as he continues to make his way back into playing shape.
As for Draymond Green, he missed his sixth consecutive game because of left knee soreness. Kerr remains hopeful that Green will be back soon.
“Draymond is doing well,” Kerr said. “Because he missed over a week I think, he lost some conditioning and strength in the knee, and so we are taking a cautious approach there too. He’s doing a lot better and he’s gotten in a couple of good workouts the last few days. He’s getting closer for sure.”
On top of the injuries, the Warriors continue to deal with concerns surrounding the coronavirus in the Bay Area. At tipoff Tuesday night, there were thousands of empty seats inside Chase Center, and the crowd reaction was muted compared with previous games.
The Warriors say team president and chief operating officer Rick Welts will meet with San Francisco Mayor London Breed on Wednesday — noting that Welts has been in contact with Breed and will work collaboratively in figuring out the best approach to take between the city and the team in the wake of more fears about the virus.
About 10 minutes from tip-off at Chase Center. This is the emptiest it has been in here all season. pic.twitter.com/t6YKGmpoxc
— Nick Friedell (@NickFriedell) March 11, 2020
In all his years in and around the NBA, Kerr said he has never experienced anything like the worry surrounding the virus.
“No, this is a first,” Kerr said. “This is a first for me, and probably for all of you. It’s brand new, and it’s strange, and I don’t really know what to think. Even just in everyday life, just visiting with friends and gathering. It’s like you don’t — it’s awkward. You don’t shake hands, you’re doing the Bash Brothers thing. It’s like, how are we supposed to act. It’s all very strange and awkward. So we’re just gonna do what we’re told to do, and go from there.”
As the NBA continues to try to figure out the next steps, Clippers center Ivica Zubac said that while it would be strange to play in an empty arena with no fans, he would be in favor of it if it stopped the virus from spreading.
“It would definitely be weird,” Zubac said. “I did that a little bit in Europe, I played on teams that nobody really cared about so we didn’t have any fans in the arena but in the NBA it would definitely be weird, but if that’s what it takes to stop that, if it helps stop spreading the virus I think we should do it. They’re doing it all over Europe, and I think if they would cancel that you’ve got to do it.”