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Warriors: Rookie Curry impresses in a hurry at point

Warriors: Rookie Curry impresses in a hurry at point Not even the preseason debut of Stephen Curry, the rookie guard selected No. 7 overall by the Warriors , could take the focus away from Golden State's loss of Brandan Wright.

Curry had nine assists, five points (2-for-10 shooting) and five steals in the Warriors' 108-101 win over the Los Angeles Clippers on Sunday at Oracle Arena. But the encouraging performance at point guard by Curry was overshadowed by the news that Wright will indeed need shoulder surgery.

An MRI of Wright's left shoulder confirmed damage to the capsule the cartilage ring that surrounds the socket. The timetable for his return will be set after surgery, which is not yet scheduled.

"I'm not going to speculate on whether the season's lost," Wright said, "or how long I'm going to be gone or whatever. I'm just focused on doing the rehab, working hard and coming back even stronger."

Curry impressed those in the Warriors locker room with his court presence. He handled the ball comfortably, controlled the tempo, found the open man and fed the hot shooters.

"Anybody who's going to play with Curry is going to be a beneficiary of a lot of open looks," Nelson said. "That's why I can't keep him and Monta off the court together."

Curry even managed to make a mark on defense.

"I work just as hard on the defensive end as I do on the offensive end," he said. "Being in the right position is where I'm going to be the most effective. (ellipses) I'm trying to be everywhere pretty much on defense. A lock down defender? They might not call me that. But I'll be a great help defender."

But unfortunately for the Warriors , Curry can't play power forward. Wright's injury leaves the team with a noticeable hole at power forward. Wright was arguably the Warriors' best inside scorer, so a primarily jump-shooting team is even more in need of high-percentage offense.

Golden State could pursue a trade. But a team source said the Warriors would only give up their expiring contracts or take on a non-expiring contract if it was for a player they really wanted.

At first, Nelson will likely opt to go small. That means small forward Corey Maggette and swingman Kelenna Azubuike will have to move up to bang with the big boys.

"Whatever I've got to do," Maggette said. "I'll just do the best I can."

Wright said he went up for a jump shot and got fouled on his arm near his elbow. His left shoulder popped out and stayed out of socket for "five or six minutes," he said.

The injury negated what was by all accounts a productive offseason for Wright. He's grown nearly an inch and gained 18 pounds, according to the team, and was arguably the star of training camp before going down.

"Oh yeah, it was going well, but I've moved on," Wright said with a smile. "I'm looking forward."

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