Milwaukee Bucks news: Stephen Curry has been the heart and soul of the Golden State Warriors dynasty. His importance to the squad has been even more pronounced this season with the Dubs struggling to find their form this term.
This is exactly why the Bucks were fully expected to take care of business on Saturday night after it was announced that Curry would not be able to play.
Stephen Curry Ruled Out Vs. Milwaukee Bucks
Officially, Curry was not able to play against the Bucks due to rest purposes. The Warriors were playing on the second night of a back-to-back set following a 140-131 win over the Chicago Bulls on Friday.
It does not sound like the greatest shooter of all time is dealing with a significant injury, and his absence against the Bucks appears to have been nothing more than a simple night off.
Golden State is back in action on Monday against a Ja Morant-less Memphis Grizzlies side, and Curry is nowhere to be found on the injury report. This means that the Warriors talisman is likely to be back in action after a one-game spell on the sidelines.
Warriors Battled Through
To their credit, the Warriors still put up a formidable fight even without their best player available. Jonathan Kuminga led the charge with 28 points off the bench on 10-of-18 shooting. Rookie Brandin Podziemski came through as well with a 23-point, 10-rebound double-double, while Klay Thompson chipped in with 21 points on six triples.
After the game, Bucks star Khris Middleton heaped praise on the Dubs and their resiliency despite the absence of their talisman:
“They were just playing with a great pace,” Middleton said, via Jim Owczarski of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. “They know without Steph they’ll have to use each other, use the offense a little bit more, work the offense. And that’s where I think we lagged a little bit the first quarter, second quarter, a little bit second half. We were able make them work a little bit longer, understand there were going to be some tough or longer possessions, so we just had to get through screens and fight to guard the ball.”
The Warriors pushed the Bucks until the end and it wasn’t until the final two minutes that Milwaukee was able to secure the win. This game could have gone much differently if Curry had been on the floor.
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