Golden State Warriors: Will Stephen Curry play vs. Milwaukee Bucks?

OAKLAND, CA - JANUARY 08: Stephen Curry
OAKLAND, CA - JANUARY 08: Stephen Curry /

Stephen Curry of the Golden State Warriors is considered ‘questionable’ for Friday’s contest against the Milwaukee Bucks.

The Golden State Warriors are sure to run into a great deal of trouble when they go to face Giannis Antetokounmpo and the formidable Milwaukee Bucks, but the real concern on everyone’s mind is whether superstar Stephen Curry will be cleared to play on Friday at the BMO Harris Bradley Center.

In case you missed it on Wednesday: the Golden State Warriors chose to take the precautionary route against the Los Angeles Clippers, holding Curry out of the action after he reportedly “slipped” during shootaround and sprained his right ankle.

Per Warriors PR on Thursday, Curry is considered “questionable” for Friday’s game, but it’s likely he’s upgraded to probable come game time.

Nevertheless, the Warriors will later have to visit the Toronto Raptors, Cleveland Cavaliers, Chicago Bulls and Houston Rockets on this 5-game road trip, so it’s in the team’s best interest that they continue to err on the side of caution when they evaluate Curry tomorrow.

Game Details

Golden State Warriors at Milwaukee Bucks

Tip-Off: Friday, January 12, 2018 at 5:00 p.m. PST

Location: BMO Harris Bradley Center, Milwaukee, WI

TV: NBC Sports Bay Area, ESPN

Radio: 95.7 The Game, Warriors Radio Network

Projected Starting Lineups

Milwaukee Bucks

PG: Eric Bledsoe

SG: Malcolm Brogdon

SF: Khris Middleton

PF: Giannis Antetokounmpo

C: John Henson

Head Coach: Jason Kidd

Golden State Warriors

PG: Stephen Curry

SG: Klay Thompson

SF: Kevin Durant

PF: Draymond Green

C: Zaza Pachulia

Head Coach: Steve Kerr

Injury Report

GSW: Andre Iguodala (left knee soreness) and Shaun Livingston (left knee contusion) are considered “probable.” Stephen Curry (sprained right ankle) is questionable. Damian Jones is on assignment with the Santa Cruz Warriors, while two-way contract players Quinn Cook and Chris Boucher are also with the Sea Dubs.

MIL: Xavier Munford is on G League Assignment with the Wisconsin Herd. Jabari Parker (left knee surgery) and Mirza Teletovic (pulmonary emboli) are out.

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Key(s) to the Game

The Bucks aren’t incredibly deadly from long range and don’t put up much of a fight on the glass, but that’s exactly what helps support the MVP case for Giannis Antetokounmpo.

He leads the team in points, rebounds and assists, and he’s second in both steals and blocks. He’s a handful for any team, so I don’t see that changing against the Warriors. All you can do is hope to try to contain him.

The Greek Freak is going to get his regardless, but seeing KD guard Giannis for the majority of the game would probably be the best matchup. KD has shown a great deal of improvement on that end of the floor, so this would probably be the ultimate test to gauge just how much he’s grown.

However, the Bucks cause some matchup problems if KD moves onto Giannis, so I wouldn’t be surprised to see the Warriors utilize the “Death Lineup” with Curry on Bledsoe, Klay on Brogdon, Iguodala on Middleton and Draymond on Henson.

If KD is unable to limit Giannis’ offensive production, then they key becomes hindering

(All game information provided via Warriors PR)