HANG TIME HEADQUARTERS – A day after kicking off the trade deadline season with the Monta Ellis deal, the Golden State Warriors have people wondering what comes next.
Matt Steinmetz of CSNBayArea.com believes shutting down Stephen Curry for the remainder of the season could be that next move, allowing the oft-injured guard to heal completely with their playoff hopes in doubt after the trade:
Curry has been in and out of the lineup for approximately two weeks, and his right ankle has been an issue since the preseason.
He’s tweaked the ankle several times this year and last, and nobody has come up with a reason as to why it keeps happening.
When Curry was asked about his status for the rest of the season, he responded: “I’m just trying to get healthy. I’m getting fed up with dealing with the same thing over and over again and trying to push through it and not being able to produce like I want to on the floor.
“That’s my main goal, to get healthy. What that means I’m not sure yet. I’ll continue to do my rehab and my treatment and listen to the (training) staff. I’m sure we’ll have a better idea what we’re going to do going forward later.”
Trading Monta Ellis and Ekpe Udoh – two starters – to the Bucks indicates that the Warriors have given up their pursuit of the playoffs. If that’s the case, it likely also makes sense for the Warriors to shut down Curry.
The rest would help Curry and all but end any flickering playoff hopes the Warriors are holding onto!