The Golden State Warriors will be without two-time MVP Stephen Curry for their two-game trip following his ankle injury.
Curry reinjured his troublesome ankle during Golden State's win over the San Antonio Spurs in the NBA on Thursday.
The star guard, who missed most of December with a right ankle sprain, tweaked the injury just over two minutes into the 110-107 victory against the Spurs.
He will remain behind as the Warriors prepare for road games against the Portland Trail Blazers on Friday and the Minnesota Timberwolves on Sunday.
Warriors head coach Steve Kerr leans on Chelsea Lane – who oversees physical performance and sports medicine for Golden State – to come to a verdict, with the long-term view in mind — beyond even earning the Western Conference's number one seed.
"Chelsea and I have a much better view of the big picture than Steph does," Kerr said. "Of course he wants to go back in the game, but it's a pretty simple decision, so we just tell him, 'Sorry, maybe next game.'"
Curry performed functionality tests in the locker room but the Warriors decided to keep him out of the game with what they called a tweaked right ankle. The injury is not expected to be serious, but it is the same ankle he has now rolled four times since December.
"He said [this ankle turn] was a little bit like the Atlanta one," Kerr said. "He wanted to lobby to come back in the game, but we wouldn't let him. ... We've got to be careful with it."
Curry entered Thursday's contest averaging 26.8 points, 6.3 assists and 5.2 rebounds in 49 games played for the 50-14 Warriors.
"Our guys understand that when Steph is out everything changes," Kerr said, per NBC Sports Bay Area. "The whole building feels it. There is not as much energy, pace and frenzy. It becomes a more methodical game."
Still, the Warriors are not doomed without Curry. In December, when he was out for the extended period, the Warriors came together, tightened their defense and won seven in a row.
"We've still got three All-Stars when Steph goes down," Kerr said.
|Yankees, Nationals split unconventional doubleheader|
|Celtics forward Hayward expected to be fully cleared by August|
|Nationals acquire closer Herrera from Royals|
|Angels star Ohtani to be re-evaluated in 2-3 weeks|
|Trotz resigns as Capitals coach after Stanley Cup win|
|Rangers score four runs in ninth to pick up walk-off win over Rockies|
|Astros top Royals, push winning streak to 10|
|LeBron James doesn´t need to chase championships, says O´Neal|
|Brady: The end is coming sooner rather than later|
|Cubs take control early, cruise to win over Cardinals|
|Canadiens acquire Domi from Coyotes for Galchenyuk|
|Royals´ Soler suffers hand fracture|
|NBA to honour Oscar Robertson with Lifetime Achievement Award|
|Steve Kerr’s coolest congratulatory text? Tiger Woods|
|Red Sox hold off Mariners´ magic in 2-1 victory|
|Eagles unveil Super Bowl rings with one perfect touch|
|Raptors hire Nick Nurse as next coach|
|Cowboys´ Martin signs extension to become NFL´s highest-paid guard|
|Red-hot Mariners win again, but challenges loom|
|Capitals´ Orpik lost part of finger in Stanley Cup Final, kept playing|
|Gregorius hits two home runs in Yankees´ victory over Nationals|
|Tigers´ Cabrera out for season with ruptured biceps tendon|
|Rams ordered to pay former NFL running back Bush $12.5m in damages|
|Irving on reuniting with LeBron: We´ll see what management decides|
|Capitals go crazy at Stanley Cup parade|
|Warriors get wild celebrating second straight title at parade|
|Colts QB Luck finally resumes throwing|
|Durant dismisses LeBron to Warriors talk|
|Giants QB Eli Manning: I´ve still got some peak years left|
|Dennis Rodman flies to Singapore for historic Trump-Kim summit|
|Red Sox break scoreless tie in 12th to top Orioles|
|Warriors assistant mystified by West´s comment about team drama|
|Bryant says LeBron has to ´figure out a way´ to win more championships|
|Durant can have ´whatever deal he wants´, say Warriors|
|Jones skipping Falcons´ mandatory minicamp|
|Casey appointed Detroit Pistons coach|
|Kevin Durant: I could retire at 35|
|Kevin Love wants to remain with LeBron James & Cavaliers|
|Mets release first baseman Gonzalez, recall Smith|
|Pirates bats awaken to avoid Cubs sweep|
|Astros score go-ahead run against Rangers on ninth-inning balk|
|Maddon unsure if Darvish will return before All-Star break|
|Rays send Miller to Brewers|
|Wade: LeBron´s decision will be a ´lifestyle thing´|
|What next for LeBron James? 3 perfect fits, 3 teams to avoid|
|Ten way-too-early predictions for the 2018-19 NBA season|
|Seahawks´ Thomas holding out of mandatory minicamp|
|Mets fall to Yankees, losing streak reaches eight|
|Warriors´ Durant discusses narrative he ruined the NBA|
|Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski calls trade rumours ‘fake news’|
|Steve Kerr cannot separate LeBron James and Michael Jordan|
|A Golden (State) era, Warriors reign from deep & the brilliance of LeBron - NBA Finals in numbers|
|Warriors dynasty? Curry just wants to ´keep this thing going´|
|Harden and Durant not safe if LeBron enters free agency - World Peace|
|Kerr contract extension top priority for Warriors after Finals win|
|Lue plans to keep coaching Cavaliers, and hopefully LeBron|
|NBA rivals unable to find antidote to dominant Warriors|
|Yankees win Subway Series opener as Mets´ woes continue|
|LeBron says he played last three Finals games with hand injury, undecided on future|
|Kerr: Warriors´ 2018 NBA title the hardest by far|
|Durant wins second successive NBA Finals MVP|
|Warriors defend NBA title thanks to Cavs sweep|
|LeBron James gets ´MVP´ ovation in likely Cleveland farewell|
|BREAKING NEWS: Warriors win back-to-back NBA titles after sweeping Cavs|
|Blake Griffin was exhausted because Clippers never practiced – Pistons assistant|
|Texans safety Andre Hal diagnosed with Hodgkin´s lymphoma|
|Ohtani elbowed out of action for Angels|
|We´re not inviting the NBA champions - Trump responds to LeBron, Curry|
|Diddy no longer interested in NFL ownership|
|Kevin Durant planning on Warriors stay|