January 24, 2018, 3:53 am
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Lakers honor Bryant during Warriors visit

LOS ANGELES — The Golden State Warriors will remain short-handed when they play the Los Angeles Lakers at Staples Center on Monday night. 

Golden State point guard Stephen Curry is still out with a sprained right ankle sustained Dec. 4 against the New Orleans Pelicans. Curry, who was originally estimated to be sidelined a minimum of two weeks, went through light shooting drills during practice Saturday and will be re-evaluated Tuesday. 

Warriors forward Draymond Green will miss his third straight game and fourth in the past five with a lingering right shoulder injury. Green is the team leader in rebounding (7.2) and assists (7.3) while also averaging 10.1 points. 

“Everybody is dealing with bumps and bruises,” Warriors coach Steve Kerr said Sunday, according to the San Jose Mercury News. “With Draymond, it’s probably a cumulative effect of how hard he plays night after night after night. He’s been doing it for a long time. This isn’t the worst thing for Steph and Draymond to get some time off.” 

Golden State starting center Zaza Pachulia practiced Saturday, but he will miss his fourth straight game because of a shoulder injury. Added to the injury list is reserve point guard Shaun Livingston, who will sit out due to a bothersome knee. 

The Warriors recalled center Damian Jones from Santa Cruz of the G League shortly before it was determined Pachulia would not play. 

Nick Young has been cleared after sustaining a concussion Dec. 11 against the Portland Trail Blazers, and the Warriors are expected to have the reserve shooting guard available. 

Despite the injuries, Golden State has won a season-high eight consecutive games, a streak that began with an overtime victory against the Lakers at Staples Center on Nov. 29. 

Golden State forward Kevin Durant has picked up the slack for his injured teammates, averaging 33.8 points, 10.3 rebounds and 7.3 assists in the past four games. 

The Lakers will retire Kobe Bryant’s No. 8 and No. 24 jerseys in a halftime ceremony Monday, and tickets have been high in demand. 

As for the game, the Lakers will try to end a four-game, head-to-head losing streak against the Warriors. 

Los Angeles stayed with Golden State through all of regulation last month at Staples Center, but Curry got hot in overtime and the Warriors won 127-123. – Sports Xchange
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