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NBA Notes: Warriors’ Curry out at least two weeks

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December 05, 2017 at 5:28 pm.

Dec 4, 2017; New Orleans, LA, USA; Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry (30) drives past New Orleans Pelicans center Omer Asik (3) during the second quarter at the Smoothie King Center. Photo Credit: Derick E. Hingle-USA TODAY Sports

Dec 4, 2017; New Orleans, LA, USA; Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry (30) drives past New Orleans Pelicans center Omer Asik (3) during the second quarter at the Smoothie King Center. Photo Credit: Derick E. Hingle-USA TODAY Sports

Golden State Warriors star point guard Stephen Curry will be sidelined at least two weeks with a sprained right ankle, the team announced Tuesday.

An MRI exam performed in Charlotte, N.C., displayed no structural damage and the Warriors said Curry will be re-evaluated in two weeks.

The Warriors are in Charlotte for Wednesday’s game against the Hornets.

Curry injured the right ankle late in Monday’s 125-115 win over the New Orleans Pelicans. Postgame X-rays were negative.

–New York Knicks guard Tim Hardaway Jr., the team’s second-leading scorer, will be sidelined for at least two weeks because of a “stress injury” in his lower left leg, the team announced.

A stress injury means Hardaway has either a stress reaction or a stress fracture, with the latter being more serious. Based on information received from medical experts, the New York Post reported that a stress reaction could sidelined a player for two to six weeks, while a stress fracture could keep a player out for two months.

Hardaway, who is averaging 17.8 points, has already missed two games because of the injury and he has begun the rehabilitation process.

–San Antonio Spurs All-Star small forward Kawhi Leonard still doesn’t know when he will make his season debut. But it could occur later this week.

The soft-spoken Leonard has missed the team’s first 24 games due to a quadriceps injury and said he is feeling good during his first interaction with reporters since Sept. 25.

“I’m feeling pretty healthy right now,” Leonard said. “I think they told you guys (reporters) that I’ve been playing five-on-five. So that’s where I’m at right now. It’s been good. Just still, just gotta go through a few more processes of doing that. I should be back soon.”

Speculation persists that Leonard could see action in Friday’s home game against the Boston Celtics. But Leonard said there isn’t a return date picked out.