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The Warriors, who have spent the past year-plus praising and relying on their roster depth, will find their resolve tested as never before this week, beginning Wednesday night, when they face the Mavericks in Dallas.
Reigning MVP Stephen Curry is coping with a “lower left leg injury,” and the ambiguity of description implies his ankle could be involved. Though he is listed as “questionable,” indicating a 50-percent chance of playing, Curry did not participate in shootaround Wednesday as he was undergoing an MRI test.
It would be surprising – shocking – if Curry were to suit up against the Mavericks, in which case Shaun Livingston, a key member of the second unit, will get the start. It’s altogether probable Curry also could miss the game Thursday at Houston.
As if the likely absence of Curry weren’t enough to stress the roster, there’s more.
Center Festus Ezeli, who has been very effective while practically splitting time with starting center Andrew Bogut, has been ruled out with a sore right big toe. Ezeli is certain to watch the game from the bench.
Failing to make the trip to Texas and therefore watching from home are starting forward Harrison Barnes and backup guard Leandro Barbosa.
Barnes, who has been out since Nov. 27 with a sprained left ankle, indicated to CSNBayArea.com on Monday that he is “very close” to returning.
Barbosa sustained a left shoulder sprain last week, resulting in his arm in a sling. There has been no announced timetable for his return.
Rounding out the injury list is rookie Kevon Looney, who has yet to play as he continues rehabilitation after undergoing right hip surgery over the summer. Though he has traveled with the team for much of this season, he also stayed in the Bay Area.
Meanwhile, forward Draymond Green, the rock of the team, plans to get taped up Wednesday night and play despite a slight ankle sprain.
It’s conceivable that Warriors reserves for games at Dallas and Houston will consist entirely of guard Ian Clark, guard/forward Andre Iguodala, forwards Marreese Speights and James Michael McAdoo, and forward/center Jason Thompson.
The great health enjoyed by the Warriors last season clearly has taken a turn for the worse.