UPDATE: Feb. 22, 2:34 p.m. — Curry is expected to return to the lineup Tuesday vs. the New York Knicks, coach Steve Kerr told reporters Monday. Curry was held out on Saturday due to an illness. Rookie C James Wiseman (wrist) and backup Kevon Looney (ankle) both were back at practice on Monday and could return in New York.
Update: Curry and Wiseman are being officially listed as questionable to play Tuesday vs. the Knicks.
Stephen Curry will not play against the Charlotte Hornets on Saturday. The Golden State Warriors guard was a late scratch from the contest because of an illness and has been replaced by Mychal Mulder in the starting lineup. The Warriors’ starting lineup consists of Mulder, Andrew Wiggins, Kelly Oubre Jr., Draymond Green, and Juan Toscano-Anderson.
It’s surprising to see Mulder in the starting lineup when the backup point guard, Brad Wanamaker, was an option. Golden State has opted to go with a shooter over a primary ball-handler, though. Draymond Green is likely to take over most of the playmaking duties.
It’s unclear who the Warriors’ top scoring option will be with Curry out, but the top candidates to are Wiggins and Oubre. Wiggins ranks second in points per game with 17.6, while Oubre is third with 14.6 points per contest. The two wings should see their shot volume increase significantly as part of a lineup without much shooting.