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COHN: Without Curry, Warriors look like basket case

  • Miami Heat's LeBron James (6) goes up for a shot next to Golden State Warriors' Carl Landry (7) during the first half of an NBA basketball game in Oakland, Calif., Wednesday, Jan. 16, 2013. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)

OAKLAND -- Pardon me for committing heresy on Wednesday. What was my heresy? I didn't write about Colin Kaepernick's Little League coach or Jim Harbaugh's haircut or Jed York's seventh-grade history teacher.

In short, I didn't write about 49ers' stuff — and we're getting pretty deep into 49er trivia these days as we search for story ideas. The Niners will play a game on Sunday in Atlanta but they didn't play a game on Wednesday and, according to well-placed sources, will not play a game today or Friday or Saturday.

The Golden State Warriors, on the other hand, were playing a real game, a live game involving running and jumping and shooting and sweating. There is something to be said for a game as opposed to an interview opportunity although, for all I know, Warriors' coach Mark Jackson had a terrific Little League experience he's dying to talk about. The Warriors' game was against the Miami Heat. You remember those guys. They are the reigning champs in that other league, the NBA, which features a game called basketball.

The Heat have certain distinguished players like LeBron James, Dwyane Wade, Chris Bosh and Ray Allen. People in the know tend to find them interesting. The Heat also had lost three of four games on their current road trip.

In their previous game, a loss at Utah, coach Erik Spoelstra benched Wade the entire fourth quarter and played Bosh a mere 40 seconds in the fourth. That melodrama led to the usual Nervous Nellies wondering if all those stars can play together, and if Spoelstra, who looks 17, is old enough to buy a beer and if his superstars pay attention to him or giggle behind his back.

So, there was a real live storyline when it came to the Heat and the Warriors — granted, it had nothing on Michael Crabtree's taste in athletic footwear or Trent Baalke's workout routine.

The story line was even juicier because the Warriors beat the Heat by two points last month in Miami.

If all that hubbub wasn't enough, the Warriors were dealt a blow during their Wednesday shootaround, a casual exercise not known for danger. Stephen Curry, the best Warrior, stepped on the foot of Festus Ezeli and sprained his right ankle. That right ankle. The one that had the surgery. The sensitive ankle that is also a sensitive topic.

Before the game, Jackson said Curry definitely would not play against the Heat, something most normal people would consider a big-time handicap.

"I'm not a doctor," said Jackson, who is not a doctor, "but I can't imagine it turning into something more (than a few games). We're not concerned."


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