OAKLAND – He said “It’s just a normal sprain” as if that was true, when obviously it isn’t.
There is nothing normal about it. Golden State’s Stephen Curry missed the game against the Heat on Wednesday and sat out practice Thursday because of a sprained ankle. That’s news enough. But this is the right ankle, the real red-flag and siren territory.
Curry is a central piece of the fifth-place team in the Western Conference, probably the Warriors’ MVP the first half of the season, and a candidate to be named an All-Star reserve. Oh, yeah. And he has had two surgeries on the same joint.
At the very least, it is a return of the bad luck with the right ankle, the way he got hurt at shootaround, a rarity. Curry, going for a rebound during the walk-through earlier Wednesday before the Heat game, landed on the foot of Festus Ezeli. A “freak injury,” coach Mark Jackson called it.
X-rays were negative, an encouraging sign, and Curry planned to be on board Thursday as the Warriors jetted off for a San Antonio-New Orleans back-to-back beginning Friday. But just the re-appearance of any ankle problem is enough to create shockwaves here.
“It’s sore,” he said Thursday after the Heat clamped down on the Curry-less offense for an easy 92-75 victory. “It’s just a normal sprain. Ask any player when they sprain their ankle and they probably have the same sensations that 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 it feels just like anybody else who sprained an ankle the way I did it. Just got to wait and see how it recovers.”
Curry is day-to-day, with the possibility that he could play Friday in San Antonio, but also the reality that the Warriors are going to be extremely cautious on a return.
“I’m not a doctor,” Jackson said Wednesday. “But I can’t imagine it turning into something more (serious). I’m not going to get into timetable and all that, but we’re not concerned.”