Stephen Curry received a scare on Wednesday at the end of the U.S. National Team’s first full practice in Madrid. With about one minute left in the team’s scrimmage, Curry sprained his left ankle.
The team is calling it a mild sprain and listing Curry as day-to-day. “He’ll be fine,” head coach Mike Krzyzewski said afterward.
It is believed that Curry is one of three guards (along with Eric Gordon and Russell Westbrook) on the bubble with the team needing to make one more cut before the World Championship begins on Aug. 28.
Krzyzewski said that he doesn’t have a set starting lineup, but that the starters for Saturday’s exhibition vs. Lithuania would be the same as he had this past weekend against China and France: Rajon Rondo, Chauncey Billups, Andre Iguodala, Kevin Durant and Tyson Chandler. More interesting to see will be the lineup and rotation that Krzyzewski uses against Spain on Sunday. Against a bigger, tougher frontline, he may need to use Lamar Odom and/or Kevin Love at the four, rather than just backing up Chandler at the five.
Spain extended their unbeaten run in the build-up to the FIBA World Championship but Brazil suffered a double blow as Anderson Varejao sprained his ankle in an 84-68 loss in Logrono.
Brazil now face an anxious wait for news on their star center.
“He sprained his right ankle after an opponent fell on him,” said team doctor Carlos Andreoli.
“An x-ray showed no break. We have given him medication and a protective boot, and there will be an MRI on Wednesday to determine the extent of the injury.”
But on Wednesday, the AP’s Tom Withers tweeted the following: “Cavs’ Anderson Varejao not seriously hurt. Brazilian team says MRI on ankle negative and he’s expected to play vs. France tomorrow.”
Good news for Brazil, who will be the toughest opponent in Group B for the U.S. Team.
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