OAKLAND – Warriors guard Stephen Curry is a game-time decision with a sprained left ankle as the 1-1 series with the Nuggets resumes tonight at Oracle Arena, coach Mark Jackson said.
“I wish I was holding something back,” Jackson said before the late-morning shootaround. “But if you look at the film, it was a pretty nasty sprain.”
Curry, who missed much of last season with a bad right ankle and has a long history of problems with the joints, was hurt in Game 2 on Tuesday in Denver as part of the night that also included 30 points and 13 assists against one turnover. When he returned after a brief time on the sideline and ended up playing 42 minutes, there appeared to be no reason for concern.
But the team’s leading scorer during the regular season, and No. 3 in the league in 3-point percentage sat out practice Thursday, raising the level of concern. Friday, he was getting treatment and unavailable to the media.
Jarrett Jack, one of the top sixth men in the league, will start at point guard if Curry is unable to play. Kent Bazemore, who averaged 4.4 minutes a game in the regular season and logged a combined two minutes the first two outings against the Nuggets, will be thrust into the rotation as part of a bench already thinned by the loss of power forward David Lee to a hip injury in Game 1.
“It will be a combined decision as usual,” Jackson said of making the call on Curry. “The doctors, the trainers, Steph, this organization, myself will make a decision. And it won’t just be he says ‘I’m fine.’ He’s going to have to go on the court, warm up with people looking at him, and then take a look at his ankle and make a decision.
“I’m not going to agree that he’s Kobe-ish. But we’ve had this tug-of-war quite a bit. At the end of the day, he knows that I have his best interests. Even in Game 2, when he says he’s fine, I send my assistant, Pete Myers. ‘Take him in the tunnel, run him, let me know what you think.’ Steph knows he’s in trouble because I hand-pick Pete. It happened in Toronto. Steph said he was fine, I sent back with Pete. Steph says, ‘Let’s go.’ Pete whispers, ‘I wouldn’t play him.’ And Steph’s done for the night. I’m going to do what’s best for him.”
Curry missed the next two games after that Jan. 28 meeting with the Raptors. The injury?
A sprained right ankle.