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A notable game won’t play on Christmas Day.

NBA: Denver Nuggets at Golden State Warriors Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports

Warriors guard Stephen Curry won’t play on Christmas Day against the Cavs due to an ankle sprain:

Curry originally injured his ankle on Dec. 4 against the Pelicans and has not played since. Earlier this week, Warriors coach Steve Kerr said he would be “shocked” if Curry played on Christmas Day. Patrick McCaw took Curry’s place in the starting lineup in the Warriors’ most recent game, a loss to the Nuggets.

Curry’s absence definitely take some of the shine off of the Christmas Day matchup because he’s one of the best players in the world, but it’s not as if this game was going to offer much insight into how these two tames match up anyway. With Isaiah Thomas still out, the Cavs still haven’t incorporated their biggest offseason addition. The Cavs and Warriors do play again on Jan. 18 in Cleveland, and both Curry and Thomas should be back by then.