Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry injured his left ankle during the third quarter in the Warriors’ 131-117 win over the Nuggets on Tuesday night, but Curry remains confident that he will be able to play in Game 3 on Friday.
Everyone in the Warriors’ community recoiled in fear when Curry twisted his right ankle on Tuesday. Ankle problems have plagued him since over his four-year career, but those concerns quieted down in 2012-13.
Curry didn’t stumble to the floor, but a hobble to the bench was all Warriors fans needed to press the panic button.
He returned to action. However, as Game 3 looms, his status isn’t certain. He told Rusty Simmons of the San Francisco Chronicle that he’s “confident” that he will be able to give it a go on Friday, but that’s far from a definite answer. Curry told Simmons that, if Game 3 was Thursday, he wouldn’t be able to play.
Warriors PG Steph Curry (ankle) said he couldn’t play if game 3 was today. He’s still confident he’ll be ready by Friday.
— Rusty Simmons (@Rusty_SFChron) April 25, 2013
According to Tim Kawakami of the San Jose Mercury News, Curry’s left ankle has swelled up since he sprained it Tuesday, which isn’t a rarity.
But here’s the conflict: Kawakami reported that Curry wasn’t sure if he could play Friday, whereas Simmons reported otherwise. To add to that, Kawakami ’s report was released about an hour after Simmons’s report.
Steph Curry says his left ankle swelled up two nights ago and he isn’t sure he can play in Game 3 tomorrow. Not practicing today.
— Tim Kawakami (@timkawakami) April 25, 2013
But both reports reveal one caveat: Uncertainty.
Should Curry sit out Friday’s Game 3, Jarrett Jack would likely take his place in the starting lineup. Golden State’s depth would be depleted if Jack has to start with David Lee already out.