OAKLAND, Calif. — The Golden State Warriors will likely have Stephen Curry back but are expected to be without backcourt teammate Monta Ellis when they host the Philadelphia 76ers on Saturday night.
Curry participated in noncontact drills during Friday's practice and says his sprained right ankle should be healthy enough to play against Philadelphia. Ellis was excused from the workout to attend his grandmother's funeral in Mississippi.
Warriors coach Mark Jackson said he told Ellis to take all the time he needs before returning to the Bay Area. Ellis' grandmother, Mary Cole, died on Christmas morning at age 89.
Ellis still played each of the first three games, including a Christmas night loss to the Clippers. Golden State (2-1) has won its last two games, beating Chicago and New York.