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News » Warriors' Curry to be part-time starter right away

Warriors' Curry to be part-time starter right away

Warriors' Curry to be part-time starter right away ANAHEIM Warriors rookie guard Stephen Curry will be at least a part-time starter this season.

Before Wednesday's 118-101 exhibition loss to the Los Angeles Lakers at the Honda Center, coach Don Nelson said Curry will be used at times as the fifth starter and play next to Monta Ellis.

That plan didn't work out too well against the Lakers when Ellis sprained his left ankle just over a

minute into the game and did not return.

Nelson didn't name Curry the permanent starter, saying he will go with someone bigger when an opponent has a shooting guard that is too big and dominant.

"I think I'm going to because the kid (Curry) is so good leave that spot open, and it will be a matchup thing," Nelson said. "We're going to have a small backcourt anyway. We might as well start that way sometimes."

Curry's final line on Wednesday: 11 points, four assists and six turnovers in 41 minutes.

Forward Anthony Randolph turned in a strong game in the loss, with 18 points, 12 rebounds and four blocks in 42 minutes.

Nelson started guard Anthony Morrow across from the Lakers' Kobe Bryant. The coach said he would also put swingman Kelenna Azubuike in that fifth spot and move Stephen Jackson to shooting guard, depending on the matchup. Azubuike sat out Wednesday's game with a sprained left ankle.

Still, Nelson said he wants to take advantage of quickness and skill of an Ellis-Curry backcourt whenever possible. Ellis, who previously said he didn't think the Warriors could win when he shared backcourt duties with Curry, now said he's fine with whatever Nelson wants.

"Whatever he does, that's what it is," Ellis said before Wednesday's game. "I'm just playing Basketball. I don't care what position I'm at. I'm a Basketball player."

Curry had point-guard duties all to himself most of the night Wednesday. Ellis sprained his left ankle just over a minute into the game. He missed a baseline jumper in front of the Warriors bench. While heading down the defensive end, he stepped on a cameraman's foot.

He checked out of the game at the 10:37 mark after an intentional foul. He limped to the locker room but returned to the bench minutes later, where he spent the remainder of the first half. During the intermission, it was determined Ellis would be out for the rest of the game.

Entering camp, Ellis said his ankle was 100 percent. He had no setbacks after putting extra work this offseason, according to the Warriors , and he's looked as explosive as he did before tearing his deltoid ligament riding a moped in August 2008.

According to a team official, Ellis was being held out for precautionary reasons. No tests were taken or scheduled. He sat on the bench for the second half.

Curry started the second half at point guard with Jackson as the shooting guard. Curry played all but the first 1:23 of the first half, a significant chunk of it alongside guard Acie Law. Curry finally got a breather when point guard Speedy Claxton checked into the game with 7:03 left in the third quarter. It was Claxton's first action of the preseason.

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