Warriors’ Stephen Curry questionable for Game 1

first_imgFILE – This March 6, 2018 file photo shows Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry during an NBA basketball game against the Brooklyn Nets in Oakland, Calif. Sony Pictures Entertainment announced Monday, April 23, that it has struck a deal with the Golden State Warriors All-Star guard to produce television, film and possibly gaming projects. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu, File)OAKLAND, Calif. — Stephen Curry is impatient and eager to get back in a game for the Golden State Warriors, yet he knows it’s not worth risking re-injuring his left knee by pushing his return too soon.The two-time MVP on Friday went through his first 5-on-5 scrimmage since the injury but coach Steve Kerr wasn’t ready to proclaim Curry a go for Saturday night — that might not be decided until after the morning shootaround. Kerr listed Curry’s status as questionable for a second straight day ahead of Game 1 of the Western Conference semifinals against the New Orleans Pelicans at Oracle Arena.ADVERTISEMENT Scientists seek rare species survivors amid Australia flames In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ LATEST STORIES View comments There was still no date for Game 2 of the best-of-seven series, though Curry was hoping if he couldn’t play Saturday that the game would be at least Tuesday — not Monday — to give him a better chance.He nearly feels like himself again, moving the way he’s used to during a game. Curry isn’t sure what kind of minutes to expect initially when he does return but figures he will discuss that with Kerr ahead of time.“I’m getting there,” he said. “My knee feels pretty good. I don’t have any pain with doing things I’ve been doing.”Curry wore compression leggings Friday to protect his sprained knee, which has sidelined him since the injury March 23. It was bad luck given that’s the same day he returned from a six-game absence because of a hurt right ankle.He was happy to not need a brace he tried out Thursday. The Warriors eliminated the San Antonio Spurs in Game 5 of the first-round series with a 99-91 win Tuesday night and Curry wants to make sure he doesn’t disrupt any flow or momentum with the team on a roll.ADVERTISEMENT “The priority for us is to be the best team we can be,” he said. “When I’m 100 percent healthy and doing what I need to do I obviously try to lead that charge but right now the conversations become how can you manage those minutes and still be productive and still have a cohesive lineup and flow to the game and all that type of stuff. That’s what Coach has to think through.”Curry said he wasn’t trying to persuade Kerr or Lane to let him play Saturday.“There’s no real politicking at all, it’s not that serious. It’s a matter of how you feel, can you do this, can you do that and check off all the boxes along the way,” he said. “Once I get through all those checkpoints and have confidence in myself and my body I’ll be out there, whether that’s tomorrow night or Monday or Tuesday, whenever Game 2 is, that’s the process that I’m all too familiar with.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next P16.5-M worth of aid provided for Taal Volcano eruption victims — NDRRMC Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Jo Koy draws ire for cutting through Cebu City traffic with ‘wang-wang’ “Still to be determined,” Curry said. “They come up with those snazzy words for a reason — doubtful, questionable, probable. I’ve learned a lot about what those words mean this year. Just trying to work my way up, do what I need to do, do whatever Chelsea (Lane) and the rest of the athletic training staff and coach needs to see to get me back out there. That’s the only thing I can really focus on right now. It is good to be back actually playing basketball and doing basketball things.”Curry, Kerr and Lane spoke in depth after Friday’s scrimmage, which wasn’t visible to media members with a curtain blocking one court at team headquarters.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownOn Thursday, Curry resumed full practice with contact but Kerr wanted to see how Curry responded after consecutive intense days of on-court work before he and the training staff decided when to let Curry return.“A big part of this is how he turns up tomorrow after a night’s rest,” Kerr said. “It’s the first time he’s scrimmaged in six weeks, five weeks, whatever it is. It’s not as simple as he feels good, throw him out there. It’s more about give him a few days, see how he responds from there.” Green group flags ‘overkill’ use of plastic banderitas in Manila Sto. Niño feast MOST READ ‘Stop romanticizing Pinoy resilience’ Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding Truck driver killed in Davao del Sur road accident Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Wizards lose forward Otto Porter Jr. to left leg injurylast_img read more

Amunike relishing East Africa derby in Cairo

first_img0Shares0000Tanzania head coach Emmanuel Amunike before a past presser. PHOTO/ESPNCAIRO, Egypt, Apr 13 – Tanzania head coach Emmanuel Amunike says he is looking forward with bated breath for the East African derby at the 2019 African Cup of Nations when the Taifa Stars clash with Kenya in their Group C match on June 27 in Cairo.The two sets of stars were pooled together during Friday night’s draw in Giza and Amunike is relishing the prospect of facing his brothers from across the border. “Kenya and Tanzania we are like brothers. There’s only a short one hour flight separating us. There is a lot of mutual respect between Kenya and Tanzania and I know we will play some good football and showcase East African football to the rest of the world,” Amunike told Capital Sport in Cairo.He added; “This is the first time that four nations from East Africa have qualified for the Cup of Nations and it shows that football in the region is growing. I am hoping we all can do well. We are in the same group with Kenya unfortunately, but we have to play.”Amunike who helped Tanzania qualify for the Cup of Nations for the first time in 39 years believes the team has a good chance to progress to the knockout stages despite also having to deal with heavyweights Algeria and Senegal.-ConfidentTanzania head coach Emmanuel Amunike (left) with Tanzanian Football Federation boss Wallace Karia and Team manager Danny Msangi during the 2019 African Cup of Nations draw in Cairo on April 12, 2019“I am confident in what I am doing and all we have to do now is to work to achieve our targets,” the Nigerian tactician stated.He added; “It’s a good draw. We have to be realistic. All teams who made it here are all good and noe team came here without fighting. If you are here, you must be ready to play anyone. You can’t wish for an easy pool. All 24 teams are tough.”The tactician now says the hard work begins as he goes back to Dar es Salaam to draft a plan for the team’s training ahead of the tournament.Amunike who played in Egypt for Zamalek in the mid-90s is hopeful that the fans who still remember his name and adore him hugely will come out and support him and his Taifa Stars as they look to perform well.“Egyptians will definitely come to support me but our objective is to prepare well because even if they support you but we don’t do the right thing on the pitch it will have no meaning. But it will be good to enjoy the support from the local fans,” the AFCON winner with Nigeria’s Super Eagles in 1994 stated.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more