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Stephen Curry to Sit Out vs. Trail Blazers, Timberwolves with Ankle Injury

Scott Polacek@@ScottPolacekFeatured ColumnistMarch 9, 2018

Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry (30) walks on the court to shoot free throws during the first half of an NBA basketball game against the San Antonio Spurs in Oakland, Calif., Thursday, March 8, 2018. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)
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The Golden State Warriors are reportedly using caution after Stephen Curry suffered an ankle injury in Thursday's win against the San Antonio Spurs.

According to Anthony Slater of The Athletic, Curry will miss Friday's game against the Portland Trail Blazers and Sunday's contest against the Minnesota Timberwolves. Slater noted the initial plan was for the five-time All-Star to skip the trip to Portland and potentially play against the Timberwolves, but he will instead rest after his latest setback.

Ankle issues have been a problem for Curry all season considering he missed 11 contests in December with a sprained right ankle andย tweakedย it during a March 2 win over the Atlanta Hawks.

When healthy, Curry has once again played at an elevated level this season. He is averaging 26.3 points, 6.2 assist and 5.1 rebounds per game while shooting 42.4 percent from three-point range.

The two-time MVP figures to be a necessity come playoff time if the Warriors hope to reach their fourth straight NBA Finals and defend their crown, but they have some breathing room in the standings. While they are still a half-game behind the Houston Rockets in the race for the Western Conference's No. 1 seed, they are a comfortable 12 games ahead of third-seeded Portland.

While Curry is out, head coach Steve Kerr will likely turn toward Shaun Livingston, Nick Young and Quinn Cook to serve as ball-handlers on the perimeter while the trio of Kevin Durant, Klay Thompson and Draymond Green continues to carry the offense.

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