Golden State rules Stephen Curry out for Sunday's game at Target Center

Golden State rules Stephen Curry out for Sunday's game at Target Center

Golden State rules Stephen Curry out for Sunday's game at Target Center

It's getting to the point where you have to wonder if it's worth it for the Warriors to even bother sending Curry out there for any additional regular season games.

So, heading into Thursday night's game against the Spurs, the Golden State Warriors knew they would have to be on their game if they were going to win.

Golden State drops to 11-5 without Stephen Curry on the floor for the season with the loss. They remain the same unsolvable problem on offense - led by the all-world talents of Stephen Curry (26.8 points per game) and Kevin Durant (25.9) - and have begun to tighten their defense over the last month. The two-time MVP originally suffered the injury on December 4 and sat out 11 games, but Thursday marked the fourth time he has had a known issue with it.

Second, can the Warriors thrive without Curry? "He wanted to lobby to come back in the game, but we wouldn't let him". Nearly every game features Jekyll and Hyde sequences wherein the team builds a lead only to quickly squander it by missing successive shoots, turning the ball over and giving up fast break points. But this Thursday night on the road with a battered up team isn't likely to be the spot that the Spurs snap their losing streak against the Warriors. Durant led the way, scoring 12 points in the final 4:24.

Curry could return as soon as Wednesday's game against the Lakers, but Golden State figures to be cautious with him. "We just did not play a smart, focused game tonight and it cost us", Warriors coach Steve Kerr said.

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Brown did not return to the game after that but Tweeted this after.

"We have other guys who are pretty good", Kerr said. Set your alarms early, the two teams will tipoff at 12:30 p.m. PT. I probably should've just waited, but this makes sense. "I haven't heard of anything like this before but I don't think it will keep him out too long and hopefully it gets resolved".

Reserve center David West missed his second straight game with an infected cyst in his right arm.

Andre Iguodala was sidelined with a sprained left wrist.

According to ESPN's Chris Haynes, Curry is "day-to-day" and will travel with the team during the two-game road trip to the Portland Trail Blazers (Friday) and Minnesota Timberwolves (Sunday).

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