Curry sidelined vs. Sixers; Rivers not expecting Maxey back soon


The Sixers will not face Stephen Curry in 2022. 

The Warriors announced Thursday that the two-time MVP suffered a left shoulder subluxation during their loss Wednesday to the Pacers.

The team said it will provide a timeline for Curry's return in the coming days. He's out for Golden's State matchup with the Sixers on Friday night in Philadelphia. 

Draymond Green was listed as questionable with a right quadriceps contusion. Andrew Wiggins (right adductor strain) remains out.

Through 26 games, the 34-year-old Curry has averaged 30 points on 50.0/43.4/91.9 shooting splits. He’s posted 138.4 points per 100 shot attempts, according to Cleaning the Glass, which is best among all players classified as point guards. That mark would also be the highest of Curry’s career. 

With Curry nearing the NBA’s all-time record for made three-pointers last December, Matisse Thybulle played superb defense and the Sixers beat the Warriors. The Sixers prevented a record-breaking night and Thybulle became the first player ever to block multiple Curry threes in a game. 

Despite the reigning Finals MVP’s tremendous production, the Warriors sit at 14-15. They’ve gone 12-2 at home but are just 2-13 on the road. Golden State’s last away win was a Nov. 27 victory over the Timberwolves in which Curry had 25 points, 11 rebounds and eight assists. 

“Sometimes you come back and you’ve still got the hangover,” Sixers head coach Doc Rivers said following his team’s practice Thursday. “You can see it when they want to turn it on. They turned it on against Boston (last Saturday) and they looked like the Warriors who won the championship. So you know it’s in there. You have to be consistent. 

“People have no clue how hard that is. They really don’t. They just figure, ‘Turn it on and you’re good.’ Well, that’s not how it works most of the time, and they’re showing that right now.”

Rivers still does not expect Tyrese Maxey to return soon. Maxey, who suffered a left foot fracture on Nov. 18, got cleared to start running and shooting last week. He hasn’t gone much beyond that yet; Rivers told reporters Thursday that Maxey is “nowhere near what we thought.”

“Whatever he has to do, he’s nowhere near it,” Rivers said. “I would say he’s out at least … I don’t know, at least a couple more weeks. And I’m making that up, but I can’t imagine him playing any time in the next couple of weeks.”

The 15-12 Sixers will seek a fourth consecutive win Friday to begin their seven-game homestand. They listed Danuel House Jr. (left foot laceration) and Furkan Korkmaz (non-COVID illness) as probable to play against Golden State. De'Anthony Melton, who missed the Sixers' blowout win Tuesday over the Kings because of back stiffness, did not appear on Thursday night's injury report.

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