Western Notes: Curry, Green, C. Johnson, Jazz, J. Hall

Warriors veterans Stephen Curry and Draymond Green didn’t make the trip to Phoenix for Thursday’s game and won’t be available, reports Anthony Slater of The Athletic (Twitter link). It’s a rest day for Curry, who will be participating in the All-Star Game this weekend. As for Green, he’ll get an extra day of rest for his sore ankle before Golden State gets a week off for the All-Star break.

Here’s more from around the Western Conference:

  • Second-year sharpshooter Cameron Johnson also won’t play in Thursday’s Suns/Warriors contest, as he’s been placed in the NBA’s health and safety protocols, writes Duane Rankin of The Arizona Republic. If Johnson is subject to contact tracing, he could be good to go following the All-Star break, but if he has tested positive for COVID-19, he won’t be available for the start of the second half either.
  • After waiving Shaquille Harrison last week, the Jazz are still about $1.2MM above the luxury tax line, according to John Hollinger of The Athletic, who suggests Utah could still get out of tax territory by paying a team to take on Juwan Morgan‘s contract before the trade deadline, then filling its open roster spots off-and-on with 10-day contracts for the rest of the season. Of course, a bigger trade that reduces team salary would also work.
  • The Thunder recalled rookie two-way player Josh Hall from the G League bubble on Wednesday, per Joe Mussatto of The Oklahoman (Twitter link). Hall, who played in just one game for the OKC Blue at Walt Disney World, was listed on Wednesday’s injury report as out due to left knee soreness.
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10 thoughts on “Western Notes: Curry, Green, C. Johnson, Jazz, J. Hall

  1. geoffb

    Are you kidding me???!!! Not playing a meaningful game to rest for the ASG!!! This is disgusting!!!

    • dandan

      He’d be resting regardless. He’s not being held out of a game that counts for a game that doesn’t.

    • tedtheodorelogan

      When I found out that he averaged more than 48 minutes per game that blew away any sports statistic I’d ever heard.

      • Cap & Crunch

        Not trying to discount the deed but Id also love to know the measurements of his competition –

        Im guessing the avg was what……. a 6’6 210 lb white guy? And this was be4 the 3 sec rule

        I Imagine the opposition must have been scratching, clawing, and playing dirty at such a disadvantage so the durability is def noteworthy

      • WallyWood

        That was the same season he scored 50.4 PPG, including his 100-point game, while playing 48.5 MPG, both of which are NBA single-season records and virtually impossible to break.

    • Ironmonger835

      He needed to be in shape. You see how many hookers he banged? Takes stamina.

      • buttholesurfer69

        a lotta guys from that era played big minutes

        they also smoked cigs at halftime and wore sneakers that guys today wouldnt walk in

        diff era but still – wilt averaged 50 a game for a season

        and banged 10,000 women

        both stats are impressive regardless of era

  2. WallyWood

    And now the Warriors have fallen to 9th place and are barely above .500 while desperately trying to keep their slim playoff hopes alive. For the low price of $173M!

    • GabeOfThrones

      While missing a 20+ point per game scorer that is an excellent defender and the second best shooter in the league. Don’t you wish your favorite team’s owners would green light that type of spending to do whatever it takes to make the team competitive while you have a generational talent like Steph Curry in his prime?

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