Warriors' Steph Curry comes back only to go down again

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Stephen Curry returned from a six-game absence due to an injured right ankle only to go down again.

DeMar DeRozan scored 21 points, Fred VanVleet added 16, Pascal Siakam contributed 11 points and eight rebounds and Serge Ibaka scored 10 points for the Raptors.

"It's kind of a unusual, cruel twist of fate".

What was supposed to be a triumphant night for Stephen Curry turned into perhaps the Golden State Warriors' worst nightmare.

So now Golden State will wait for Curry to come back, and will try to get the rest of its roster healthy and ready to go for when the postseason begins in three weeks.

It's easy to forget now, but as the Golden State Warriors were winning an National Basketball Association record 73 games and seemingly marching to a second straight title in 2016, there was a healthy debate over whether they should pursue Kevin Durant in free agency.

The Warriors managed to defeat the Hawks 106-94 at the Oracle Arena in Oakland last night, with Curry finishing the night with 29 points, seven rebounds, and an assist before exiting the game before its conclusion with a knee injury.

"We are in a good position, big picture, no matter what happens, because our injuries are all relatively minor", Warriors coach Steve Kerr noted.

It was a solid win clouded by another Curry injury.

Barring a setback in shoot-around or pregame warmups Friday, Curry will return to the starting lineup against the Hawks. Curry's backcourt sidekick Klay Thompson is rehabbing a fractured right thumb, and Draymond Green suffered a pelvic contusion in the Warriors' loss Monday, March 19, at San Antonio. Curry scored 11 points in the quarter, imbuing life into a previously stagnant Golden State offense.

Warriors: Omri Casspi missed a third consecutive game with a sprained right ankle.

Maybe he should have knocked harder. Curry frowned as he hobbled to the bench with 3:09 left in the 3rd quarter.

Donovan Mitchell's 3-pointer for Utah with 3.6 seconds to play in regulation capped a furious final two minutes of the fourth quarter and sent the game into overtime tied at 114.

"I definitely do not have an ominous feeling", Kerr said. He's played in 78 or more games in each of the five seasons leading into this one, though he slipped on a wet spot and missed two weeks in the 2016 playoffs.

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