Per Kerith Burke of NBC Sports Bay Area, the coach said it would be "completely irresponsible" to have Curry play given where he's at in his rehab from a sprained ankle:
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Steve Kerr spelled it out pregame when it comes to whether Steph Curry will play in the Christmas Day game vs the Cavs. https://t.co/uY2q1Vd6GT2017-12-24 00:47:34
Kerr's comments came after the Warriors announced Tuesday that Curry's ankle was progressing well, to the point he would be able to move to "modified on-court workouts in the coming days" before being re-evaluated in one week.
That timetable made it unlikely Curry would be available when the Warriors host the Cavs on Monday. Kerr noted there likely wouldn't be any questions about his return on Christmas if they weren't playing Cleveland, which they've faced the last three years in the NBA Finals.
Curry injured his ankle during the fourth quarter of Golden State's 125-115 win over the New Orleans Pelicans on Dec. 4. The two-time NBA MVP is averaging 26.3 points and 6.6 assists per game for the defending NBA champions this season.