Stephen Curry injury news might be all that can derail the Golden State Warriors. Curry suffered an ankle injury as the Warriors beat the Houston Rockets on Saturday, April 16. A report from ESPN states that Curry is already listed as questionable for Game 2 of the series and that he could end up missing action because of it. Curry seemed to have a positive outlook on the situation, though, giving Warriors fans a bit of confidence during his post-game interviews.
“Right now, don’t see a scenario where I’ll be out. Obviously, if it’s not right and I’m at risk of further injury or whatnot, that’s the only thing that we’ll have to worry about,” he said. “Pain tolerance and all that stuff, I kind of know what I can deal with on the court. But you don’t want anything more serious to happen, favoring an ankle or whatnot. So that’s what we’ll kind of pay attention to the next two days.”
The Stephen Curry injury took place late in the second quarter, causing the presumptive NBA MVP to leave the game with about 2:12 remaining in the first half. It wasn’t a contact injury, as he “tweaked” the ankle after missing a shot and turning to get back on defense. After getting his ankle taped at halftime, Curry returned for the second half, but ended up getting pulled by Warriors coach Steve Kerr. Playing it safe with his superstar, Kerr commented on what he saw during the third quarter.
“I didn’t like the way he was moving when he went back out in the third quarter. He wanted to stay in, but he wasn’t moving well, so we weren’t going to play him, regardless of what happened.”
Despite playing in just under 20 minutes of action during Game 1, Stephen Curry finished with 24 points and seven assists. Curry hit on 8-of-13 shots from the field and finished with a plus/minus of 28. He looked really good against the Rockets and helped show why the Golden State Warriors are still the defending NBA champions. Now the team will have to decide if Curry will be ready to play in Game 2 on Monday, April 18.
A recent report from CBS Sports discussed the various ankle injuries that Curry has gone through since joining the NBA. One such surgery removed a lot of scar tissue, bone spurs, and chips of cartilage. Since then, Curry seems to have had a clean bill of health in the NBA, with the only missed action due to rest he was given by the coaching staff. While ankle injuries may now be a familiar problem for Curry, it’s also possible that this latest ankle issue has nothing to do with his past. It also may heal much quicker.
There is going to be a lot of debate among NBA analysts and added pressure on Warriors coach Steve Kerr as Game 2 draws closer. After the Warriors blew out the Rockets in Game 1, there could be time to rest Curry if he is still experiencing ankle pain on Monday. If Curry plays and gets hurt even worse, the Warriors could be in a difficult position moving forward.
There is a lot riding on the ankles of the reigning NBA MVP, including the title hopes of the Golden State Warriors. If he has only really “tweaked” the ankle as Steve Kerr and the announcers are claiming, then a quick return shouldn’t be out of the question. If the latest Stephen Curry injury is something more than that, though, it could become something that the team and its fans should be very concerned about. It will certainly become a hot topic on every sports show when Monday, April 18, rolls around.
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