Will Stephen Curry Play Tonight? Golden State Warriors vs LA Clippers: Injury Updates, Lineups, and Prediction

Published 01/08/2021, 2:30 PM EST
Jan 6, 2021; San Francisco, California, USA; Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry (30) holds onto the ball next to Los Angeles Clippers forward Kawhi Leonard (2) in the first quarter at the Chase Center. Mandatory Credit: Cary Edmondson-USA TODAY Sports


The Golden State Warriors host the LA Clippers once again tonight, after losing to them just two days back. Both teams were struggling offensively, but Kawhi Leonard managed to get the win for the Clippers. They play at the Chase Center again, at 10 pm EST.

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The Warriors have been very inconsistent so far and have only won when Stephen Curry has played well. When he has underperformed, the whole team’s performance has taken a hit. Their new arrival, Kelly Oubre Jr, has been far from impressive and has let down the team on multiple occasions.

The Clippers have had a good start to their season, but have recorded three surprising losses. They were crushed by the Mavericks by 50 points, and then unexpectedly lost to the Jazz and the Spurs as well. Stars Kawhi Leonard and Paul George seem determined to help the team improve from last season’s performance.

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Golden State Warriors expected lineup

The Warriors have listed Curry as probably after a rolled ankle in the previous game, but he is likely to return to the lineup. Bench shooter Jordan Poole has also been listed as a game-time decision, and the Warriors will hope he can return in time.

Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry (30) celebrates after a basket against the Portland Trail Blazers during the fourth quarter for a career-high 62 point game for Curry at Chase Center. Mandatory Credit: Kelley L Cox-USA TODAY Sports

They should have an unchanged lineup with Stephen Curry and Andrew Wiggins starting as the guards. Kelly Oubre and Draymond Green will start as the forwards, while James Wiseman will be their starting center.

LA Clippers expected lineup

The Clippers have also been consistent with their lineup. They arrive into this matchup without any major injuries and will have a full-strength squad.

Their lineup will have Patrick Beverley and Paul George as the guards, Kawhi Leonard and Nicolas Batum as the forwards, and Serge Ibaka as the center.

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Dec 30, 2020; Los Angeles, California, USA; LA Clippers forward Kawhi Leonard (2) puts on a protect mask as he reenters the game during the second quarter at Staples Center. Leonard wore a the mask in his first game back after sustaining an injury when he was hit in the face with an elbow. Mandatory Credit: Robert Hanashiro-USA TODAY Sports

Predictions

The LA Clippers will be the favorites once again. It was close last time, but only because they were struggling themselves. Tonight it could be a breeze if they can get their offense going. Unless Curry pulls off a display as he had against the Blazers, the Warriors don’t have a chance of coming away with a win.

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The Clippers could go at the top of the Western Conference if they win, but it also depends on the Suns’ result. They are headed in the right direction for now, and just need to avoid injuries and stay consistent.

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Aaron Mathew

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Aaron Mathew is a sports analyst at EssentiallySports. A graduate in Mass Media from Xavier’s College, Aaron has been a part of EssentiallySports since May 2020 where he covers both NBA and NCAA basketball news, and has also covered NBA 2K. In the past, Aaron has worked at the Sports Desk of Mumbai Mirror.

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