Memphis Grizzlies vs. Golden State Warriors: Lineups, preview & prediction 12/30/17

Stephen Curry said return was like 'first day of school'

The star point guard has missed the last 11 games while dealing with a sprain of his right ankle. "I would say most likely he'll play". Fire him up in your season-long leagues, but you may want to be careful in DFS. "I couldn't take him out in the second half".

Golden State Warriors point guard Stephen Curry will play Saturday and be limited to 30 minutes, per Anthony Slater of The Athletic.

On Stephen Curry's return, the Golden State Warriors annihilated the entire soul of the Memphis Grizzlies in a 141-128 shootout that somehow felt a lot more explosive than it looks.

Long one of the grittiest and most physical teams in the National Basketball Association, the Grizzlies fortunes have been on a unmistakable downward spiral this season.

The Charlotte Hornets (13-22) were able to defeat the Golden State Warriors (28-8) as they picked up only their third road win of the season.

This story will be updated with quotes and post-game material from the Warriors' locker room at Oracle Arena.

Golden State just had no answer for Dwight Howard, who dominated to the tune of 29 points, 13 rebounds, and seven assists. "Obviously, we didn't defend well in general", Kerr said. In that game, Tyreke Evans and Marc Gasol combined to go just 9 of 31 from the floor, with Evans finishing with a mere ten points.

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"We've definitely been missing him", said Kevin Durant, who scored 27 points to lead the Warriors. "What's been different is we've been able to consistently put a bunch of 6-7 guys out there, so when we do switch there's not a height disadvantage".

The Warriors continued to push pace in the second quarter as they built up a comfortable lead, even without Green thanks to a first-quarter ejection. Anthony Davis' three-pointer at the buzzer was no good for New Orleans (18-18). "We've got to just make simple passes and plays".

Bradley Beal added 21 points for Washington and Kelly Oubre Jr scored 10 of his 21 in the fourth quarter - when the Wizards turned a nine-point lead into a rout.

"I guess we'll see something on the ticker that says the referees missed that one", said Oklahoma City's Carmelo Anthony, who could be seen arguing with officials after the buzzer.

The Warriors lacked both of those traits while Curry was out - just two of the issues that were highlighted by his absence, which showed that even this seemingly indomitable team has some flaws.

"When he's around, everybody feels better", Kerr said.

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