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Curry injures left foot in Warriors’ loss to Celtics

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SAN FRANCISCO (AP) Stephen Curry suffered a left foot injury late in the first half and Golden State coach Steve Kerr didn’t like Marcus Smart’s rushing move against the defending NBA scoring champion.

Smart took a scolding from Kerr, then chatted again after the Boston Celtics beat the Warriors 110-88 on Wednesday night.

“I thought it was a dangerous play. I thought Marcus dove into Steph’s knee,” Kerr said. ”That’s what bothered me. Much respect for Marcus, he is a great player, player, competitor. I coached him at the World Cup a few summers ago. We talked after the game, we’re fine. I thought it was a dangerous move, just tell him.”

Curry was injured with 4:19 remaining in the second quarter along the sideline while fighting for a fumble when Smart dove on the play and landed on the defending scoring champion’s leg. Curry winced and got up, but limped before going out on the next dead ball moments later.

That came when Smart made another aggressive play, drawing a flagrant foul 1 4:09 before halftime when he jumped and caught his leg on Klay Thompson’s shooting arm.

Kerr said Curry, who had three points on 1-for-4 shooting, was having an MRI exam. Rookie Moses Moody also injured his right shoulder.

Warriors forward Juan Toscano-Anderson said Smart wanted the ball but could have used more caution.

“I don’t think it was a dirty play,” Toscano-Anderson said. “… We all know that’s Marcus Smart, however, that’s how he plays, he’s brave.”

Draymond Green was given a technical penalty for arguing a foul called on Thompson against Smart at the 1:48 mark, with Green throwing his arms in the air in disgust and yelling.

Jayson Tatum had 26 points and 12 rebounds to lead Boston, while Jalen Brown scored 14 of his 26 points in the first half. Smart finished with 20 points on 8-of-12 shooting and eight assists.

The Warriors couldn’t keep up in their fourth straight home loss to the Celtics and sixth of seven meetings in the Bay Area.

Boston’s stingy, top-rated defense held Golden State to a cold 29.3% in the first half and 37.2% overall as the Warriors were limited to 19 assists. Jordan Poole went 1 for 8, but recovered to score a team-high 29 points.

This was a blow for Curry two days after he dazzled with 47 points on his 34th birthday in a 126-112 win against the Wizards on Monday.

Green came off the bench for the second straight game as he regains his strength from a back injury, his minutes rising from 20 to 22.

WORKS OF THE SAGE

Second-year center James Wiseman has returned from his assignment with the G League’s Guerreros de Santa Cruz and will continue to improve his conditioning. He started all three games and averaged 17.3 points (22 of 42 for 52.4%), 9.7 rebounds and 1.67 blocks in 20.7 minutes.

He has not played since April 10 of last year while recovering from surgery on his right knee.

“The main thing is that he’s healthy and he’s moving well and that’s the most important thing,” Kerr said. “That was our biggest concern going in. Can you build the momentum, maintain it, and continue to work on your conditioning, timing, and so far so good? Happy to see you out there.”

ADVICE

Celtics: Derrick White was 0-for-8 while missing all five of his 3-point attempts. … Former Warriors assistant Aaron Miles, now with Boston, made the rounds greeting familiar faces before the game. … Boston improved to 4-7 on the road against the Western Conference.

Warriors: Poole has scored 20 or more points in eight straight games. … Andrew Wiggins and Nemanja Bjelica were both out with non-COVID illness, the second straight game Wiggins has missed. … Golden State would have been the first team this season to reach 30 wins at home. The Warriors won the first meeting in Boston 111-107 on December 17… The Warriors shot 7 of 21 in the first quarter.

UNTIL NEXT TIME

Celtics: In Sacramento on Friday night.

Warriors: Host San Antonio on Sunday night.

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