Good news: Stephen Curry will return for the Warriors Saturday night against the
Pelicans Hornets. Bad news: David Lee will not be playing.
Curry returns to the Warriors lineup after the team went 0-2 in his absence due to yet another sprained right ankle.
Curry went through pregame agility drills with the Warriors’ head athletic trainer and strength and conditioning coach and looked solid. When he worked out with assistant coach Kris Weems, Curry didn’t appear to be favoring his twice surgically repaired ankle on jumps or landings.
Curry sat courtside, situated between Jackson and general manager Bob Myers, after his pregame workouts. The point guard lobbied to return to the lineup and won his case.
“Unfortunately, we’ve had those types of meetings far too many times,” Jackson said. “He’s a guy who wants to play, but Bob and I think alike. We’re not going force anybody to be on the floor. We’re going to be extra cautious.”
Being cautious will be especially important. Curry has rushed back from ankle sprains in the past, only to make the injury even worse.
Meanwhile, Lee will be missing his first action of the season with his own sprained ankle, which he suffered in Friday’s loss to the Spurs in San Antonio. Lee continued to play in that game, but the ankle swelled up overnight. He said he could have played in the game if it wasn’t on a back-to-back and that he should be okay for Monday’s game at home vs. the Clippers.
Add Andrew Bogut into the conversation and you can’t help but to wonder what the basketball gods have against Warriors players’ ankles. Is this punishment for all the time Bob Fitzgerald thinks he’s smarter than everybody else?