If you want to know what kind of luck Stephen Curry has with his right ankle, look no further than this quote from Mark Jackson on Wednesday:
“It was really a freak injury,” Warriors coach Mark Jackson said before Wednesday night’s game against Miami. “We don’t do much in shootaround — (he was) just chasing after a loose rebound. It’s unfortunate.”
Curry sat out of the Warriors’ game Wednesday at home against the Heat after tweaking his ankle at shootaround Wednesday morning, causing many a Warriors fan to facepalm or silently weep in the corner of a room when the morbid news broke. He was painfully missed by the team, as the Heat all but mercy ruled the Warriors in an easy 92-75 win. (At least maybe Curry’s all-star candidacy got a boost?)
It was only Curry’s first DNP of the season — impressive considering his past — but possibly not his last.
According to Marcus Thompson II of BANG, Curry is “out indefinitely.” Curry believes his ankle “will be all right,” but the team is going to be extra cautious and take it day-by-day with the injury.
“I haven’t had a sprain in two-and-a-half months, so my ligaments are as probably the healthiest they’ve been,” Curry said. “Just have to wait and see how they recover. ”
“I haven’t been in this situation for a while. I don’t know if it will be a fast or slow kind of deal just because after two surgeries and all that process, it finally had the time to cool down. So we’ll see tomorrow.”
As mentioned previously on this Internet web space, the Warriors are in the middle of a crucial part of the schedule. Next they have a road back-to-back in San Antonio and New Orleans beginning on Friday. After that they’ll see the Clippers and Thunder at home next week. Horrible timing for the Dubs to be without their potential all-star point guard. So, feel free, Warriors fans, to react thusly:
Via Thompson, here’s a transcript of Curry’s chat with reporters after Wednesday’s game:
Q: You’ve been through this a lot. Can you gauge how bad it is?
“I haven’t had a sprain in two-and-a-half months so my ligaments are as probably the healthiest they’ve been. Just have to wait and see how they recover.”
“I haven’t been in this situation for a while. I don’t know if it will be a fast or slow kind of deal just because after two surgeries and all that process, it finally had the time to cool down. So we’ll see tomorrow.
Q: Was it hard to watch your team turn it over so much?
“We write that on the board every game. For us to have a chance to win, we have to have quality possessions and not fuel other teams’ fastbreaks and give them transition buckets with turnovers. We started off the game a little hectic the first two or three possessions and I don’t think we settled down. Jarrett had a solid game getting to the basket and getting shots up, but it was tough for everybody else to get involved.”
Q: Are you game-by-game?
“Yeah. It’s the same kind of situation as I’ve been in before. Just a matter of how fast it will heal.”
Q: Could you have played tonight if you needed to?
“No chance. Hopefully that’s not a bad sign. Usually when I’ve sprained it before, it’s been (a situation where) I keep playing or bounce back fairly quickly. But after six hours, icing it all afternoon, it just didn’t have a shot tonight.”
Q: How’s your right knee?
“It’s all right. That might have been a blessing in disguise. I was really going to try to push it to play through that and I didn’t get a chance to really test it out. That’s why I was chasing down that loose ball in shootaround, just to give my knee a shot, let me know how it felt. I was kind of going a little overboard with my intensity this morning. So I don’t really know how it would’ve responded, to be honest with you. But I’ve got a couple more days to figure that out, too.”
Q: Will you be extra cautious?
“My ankle will speak for itself. I’ve been through this plenty of times. OI know that if I can have complete strength in all the tests we do and no soreness— that’s going to be my two guidelines.”
Q: Does it hurt to walk around on it now?
“It’s sore. Just a normal sprain. Ask any player when they sprain their ankle and they probably have the same sensations I’m having now. Obviously, I have a history with it so it’s going to be a bigger thing than normal. But right now, I feel like it’s just like anyone else who sprained their ankle the way I did it. Just gotta wait and see how it recovers”
[photo by Keith Allison]