Warriors win without Curry

Louis LaVenture,

Even without the NBA’s reigning Most Valuable Player, the Golden State Warriors still dominated the Houston Rockets on Monday in Oakland.

Two games into their first round playoff series with the Houston Rockets, who they beat in the Western Conference Finals last year, the Dubs find themselves up two games to zero, however it has come at a price. Stephen Curry injured his surgically repaired right ankle in the game one win late in the first half. Curry tried to come back and play on it in the third quarter, but was in noticeable pain and was inactive for the second game, which the Warriors won 116-105 on Monday night at Oracle Arena.

“We all know we’re down the best player on the planet,” Klay Thompson told reporters after the game. “Next man up, that’s how it has to be.”

Game three will be in Houston on Thursday and the team still hasn’t said if Curry will play or continue to rest with the unspecified ankle injury. It is the same ankle that caused him to miss more than 60 games four years ago, when he had surgery after injuring it during a regular season game.

“He’s doing better than yesterday,” Head Coach Steve Kerr told reporters during Tuesday’s shootaround. “We’ve got guys that can play, Steph’s missed three or four games this year, we just have to find ways to score.”

Despite the positivity on Curry’s health from the entire team, his status will still be a gametime decision.

Several Warriors picked up the slack in his absence. Guard Shaun Livingston started in place of Curry and was a force on both ends of the floor. Livingston dominated the ball and along with sixth man Andre Iguodala, the two combined for 34 points, 9 assists, 5 rebounds and 4 steals.

Thompson also had a stellar night showing off some of his ball handling and driving skills that he normally doesn’t. The other half of the splash brothers finished with a game-high 24 points in the win.

Game three will be at 6:30 p.m. in Houston and game four is scheduled for Sunday at noon, also in Houston.