Stephen Curry Injury: Updates on Warriors Star’s Ankle and Return

 

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After Stephen Curry tweaked his ankle in Game 1 vs. the Houston Rockets on Saturday, he went to the locker room several times. He did not start the second half and missed the final two quarters, despite trying to talk coach Steve Kerr into returning. The Warriors announced that Curry was “available” to return, but Kerr and the staff, with Golden State cruising by more than 20 points, wisely elected not to mess around with it, and sat him.

Kerr called Curry questionable for Game 2, while Curry said he couldn’t envision a scenario in which hew wouldn’t play. There’s still every reason to think Curry will start Game 2, that he will play normal minutes in Game 2, and that he will dominate Game 2 like he did in the first half of the Warriors’ 104-78 victory over the Rockets to take a 1-0 lead in their best of seven series. Curry scored 24 points, making him the game’s leading scorer despite playing less than 20 minutes (the last player to do this in the playoffs was Ray Allen in 2013), while time and again rising to the challenge of physical defense from Patrick Beverley. Basically, Curry picked up where he left off in the Western Conference finals last year, slicing the Rockets to pieces with off-ball movement en route to five 3-pointers.

However, this game did provide a reminder of how close the Warriors still are to this magical, incredible season falling apart. It reminds us that the Warriors are not invincible, even if they seem like it sometimes. Golden State is still made of human beings, and human beings are fragile. Curry has had major work done to repair and strengthen his ankles, and the work he has put in has paid off. He hasn’t had issues in several seasons, and you can’t say anything but that he’s had the best luck maybe of any player in the league, both health-wise and playing fortune-wise in that time. Everything goes the Warriors’ way, which is why we tend to think nothing can stop them.

But one wrong landing when guarding James Harden, and that was it for Curry. By Kerr saying after the game that he still wouldn’t have played Curry even if the game was close,we have to at least acknowledge the injury. No one is safe from landing wrong, not 100 percent, no matter how fortunate they are, or how their game avoids contact, or how much work they put into staying healthy.

Now, this doesn’t matter vs. the Rockets. The Warriors treated Houston like a JV team in Game 1 Saturday, and in the six quarters where Curry has been unavailable vs. the Rockets (including a Dec. 31 game), the Rockets have been outscored 158-144. They can’t beat the Warriors even if Stephen Curry is tied to a chair with duct tape.

However, down the line, this could obviously become a major issue. Remember, Curry had his ankle roughed up by the Nuggets in their first-round win in 2013, and Curry wasn’t the same vs. the Spurs after a dominant Game 1. The Warriors are dominant always, miles better than everyone, but that’s with Curry. Without Curry vs. teams that actually have their own self-respect, the Warriors would likely struggle. The playoffs aren’t one series, these series aren’t self-contained. They spill over and affect each other like dominoes. Even if Curry were to suffer and injury he could play through, being less than 100 percent does take its toll.

The most likely scenario is that Stephen Curry will be fine in Game 2, that he’ll dominate in Game 2, that this was a blip that will be totally lost in the Warriors’ championship confetti in in the playoffs. It appears the Warriors dodged a bullet with the injury not being more severe, but the future remains something that no matter how great they are, the Warriors can’t fully control.

Can the Warriors still thrive without Steph Curry 100 percent? (USATSI)
Can the Warriors still thrive without Steph Curry 100 percent? (USATSI)

Keke Palmer on Rumors About Her Sexuality: ‘I Don’t Have to Be Stuck Down to One Label’

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Keke Palmer doesn’t want to be tied down, especially when it comes to her sexuality.

The 22-year-old Scream Queens star raised a few eyebrows when she released her steamy “I Don’t Belong to You” music video in October, in which she ends up hooking up with singer Cassie. The lingerie-filled video had some wondering whether the surprise ending was Keke’s way of coming out.

“The video was to represent the young woman today — it’s not the traditional woman anymore — and not the specifics of ‘Am I gay? Am I straight? Am I bi?'” the actress explains in a new interview with People. “I’m making the rules for myself, and I don’t have to be stuck down to one label.”

“I don’t feel the need to define nothin’ to nobody, because I’m always changing,” she adds. “Why say that I’m this or that when I might not be tomorrow?”

The Grease: Live star’s main priority is to stay true to herself.

“I’m gonna follow my own feelings and my own heart,” Keke says

The former Nickelodeon star isn’t the only celeb refusing labels when it comes to her sexuality. In May, 23-year-old Miley Cyrus stressed that she was “ready to love anyone,” during a candid Facebook Q&A.

“I never want to label myself!” Miley stressed to a fan who asked her point-blank what her sexuality was. “I am ready to love anyone that loves me for who I am! I am open!”

 

Goldie Hawn, Bette Midler And Diane Keaton To Co-Star In New Netflix Film

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News does not get any bigger than this.

This is no drill, no test, no false alarm: Netflix has announced plans to reunite The OG Wives Club (Goldie Hawn, Bette Midler and Diane Keaton) for a new film, Divanation.

Related: Will There Be A “First Wives Club Sequel”? We Asked The Original Screenwriter

According to Deadline, the power trio (who refuse to give us a First Wives Club 2 despite our thirst) are planning to star as members of a once-popular singing group forced to reconnect after their volatile split and 30 year estrangement.

Sure, great, whatever, all I heard was: Goldie Hawn, Bette Midler and Diane Keaton in the same sentence and then this happened…

No dates have been locked at this time as they are waiting for a new draft of the script before they get a director and set a start date, but that’s no bother, as long as they lock in their leading ladies.

This will be the first time in 20+ years that the three have worked together since changing the course of divorcees everywhere by declaring, “YOU DON’T OWN ME!”

So first Netflix brings us Jane Fonda and Lily Tomlin in Grace and Frankie and now this? All they need now is a Cher variety hour, hint hint.

Binge on that!

Via The New Now Next

“Empire” Actor Jussie Smollett Comes Out To Ellen: “There’s Never Been A Closet”

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In a recent backstage interview with Ellen Degeneres, Empire star Jussie Smollett confirmed that he is indeed gay

Smollett, who plays gay musician Jamal on the red-hot Fox drama, had been steadfastly opaque about his sexuality, even after his co-star Malik Yoba essentially outed him in an interview.

While Smollett did not address the subject during his on-air Ellen segment, he asked if they could film a second segment backstage, telling her that she has been an inspiration for him.

Related: Jamal Sings “You’re So Beautiful”—And Comes Out Publicly—On “Empire”

“It was really important to me to make sure that it got across that there is no closet,” said the 31-year-old actor. “There’s never been a closet. That I’ve been in. I don’t own a closet, I got a dresser, but I don’t have a closet, but I have a home and that is my responsibility to protect that home.”

He also clarified why he remained silent up until this point: “Let’s not read into it the wrong way when I say that I don’t talk about my personal life, I’m saying that. But it is in no way to hide or deny who God made me. Ya know?”

Smollett even went so far as to confirm his homosexuality with a choice fun fact: “My mama knows,” he said. “My Mama likes me a lot. And yes I take her to the Sound of Music sing-along every, single year. So, any questions?”

He finished the interview in typically eloquent style, stating, “You know honestly, we’re humans and we love and we do all that good stuff. So I’m honored for this opportunity and I’m honored to be here with you.”

We’re honored to have you, Jussie!

Chris Brown Is Father of 9-Month-Old Baby Girl

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Chris Brown has one more lady in his life. The singer is the father to a 9-month-old baby girl, TMZ reports. The baby’s mother is a model named Nia, and though the news is a big surprise to his fans, Brown has known about the child for months and is on good terms with his former fling.

Brown, 25, is also reportedly happy about being a dad. While it doesn’t seem like any formal custody or child support arrangements are in place, it does appear that, for now at least, the one-time lovers have worked out an amicable arrangement when it comes to their child.

The news comes just days after Breezy told The Breakfast Club that he had a fantasy of impregnating his ex-girlfriend Rihanna and on-again/off-again love Karrueche Tran — we gotta wonder what she thinks about all this — at the same time.

He also shared this about his views on settling down: “I’m cool having a baby. I’m not cool with giving you half of what I’ve earned all my life. Prenups all that, it’s cool.”

Bobbi Kristina Brown: Friends, Fans Shed Tears at Emotional Prayer Vigil Set to Whitney Houston Songs

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Tears and prayers flowed Monday night at a candlelight vigil for Bobbi Kristina Brown.

The spirited gathering was held in the city of Riverdale, Georgia, as the 21-year-old daughter of Whitney Houston and Bobby Brown clings to life at nearby Emory University Hospital in Atlanta.

“Forget that he [Bobby Brown] is a renowned artist. That her mama, the late Whitney, was a renowned artist. These [are] still people. They bleed and hurt like us,” said Riverdale mayor Dr. Evelyn Wynn-Dixon.

“Sometime people ask you, or they say, ‘I know how you feel.’ Sometime they don’t. Sometime they don’t know what it’s like if your child is on that ventilator. ‘What do I do? If I take it off and she could have lived or do I let her stay on it and suffer?’ That’s a hard question for any parent,” Wynn-Dixon told the large crowd of fans and concerned residents.

Her comments seemed to confirm what has been widely reported by the media that Bobbi Kristina is connected to a ventilator, and her family faces a decision whether or not to remove her from life support.

Before the service began, organizers played several of Houston’s hit songs including “I Have Nothing” and “I’m Every Woman.”

Once the gathering got underway, a series of family friends and ministers addressed the crowd with words of encouragement including “we’re here to pick people up” and “continuous prayer is what is needed at this point.”

As the vigil came to a close, legendary R&B singer Tony Terry took the microphone and sang “I Look To You,” Houston’s last attempt at a comeback single before her death in 2012.

Several people in the crowd were brought to tears while Terry belted out the stirring track, which is a call for help in a time of crisis.

Riverdale organized the “Shining A Light For Healing For Bobbi Kristina Brown” vigil to support the Brown family, because Bobby Brown was the first artist to perform at its amphitheater, a city official told several media outlets.

Bobbi Kristina was rushed to the hospital after being found face down and unconscious in a bathtub on January 31.

Related stories from TheWrap:

Bobbi Kristina Brown’s Health Condition Leaves Oprah Winfrey on the Brink of Tears (Video)

Bobby Brown Serenades Hospitalized Bobbi Kristina With Whitney Houston Classic Song

Bobbi Kristina Brown Suffering Seizures, Fighting for Life in New Hospital

Rosie O’Donnell Exiting ‘The View’

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Rosie O’Donnell is leaving The View.

She will leave the ABC show next week to focus on her family, following a split from wife Michelle Rounds, The Hollywood Reporter has confirmed. Next week will be her final on the show.

“Rosie is an immensely talented star who comes in each and every morning brimming with ideas, excitement and passion for the show,” an ABC rep said in a statement to THR. “When she told us that she wanted to exit The View, we respected and understood her desire to put her well-being and her family first. We’re delighted she’s still part of the ABC family with upcoming guest appearances on The Fosters. And we know she’ll return to The View often with her unique point of view and updates on her work and her family.”