Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry scored 22 points in Game 4 on a wobbly left ankle which probably won’t be healthy anytime in the near future, according to Curry himself.
Steph Curry on ankle: “I doubt it’ll ever be 100% for the foreseeable future, but knowing that I can be on the court as a threat – I’m ready
— Sean Cunningham (@News10Sean) May 12, 2013
There’s really no surprise here. Curry’s latest sprain, which occurred in Game 3, wasn’t as ugly as some of his other previous tweaks, but it’s the aggravation that sets him back. And unfortunately for Curry, he can’t seem to avoid the dreaded setback.
With the exception of a couple minor sprains, Curry didn’t have any prolonged periods of absence during the regular season. The odds of that happening were, well, considerably low before the season began. After all, Curry signed a four-year, $44 million extension based primarily off his ankles. At that point in time, no one was really sure how his ankles would hold up. They’ve held up well up until this point, and Curry’s contract now looks like a bargain.
But Curry is right–he can still be a threat. He shot 7-of-15 and 5-of-10 on three-point shots Sunday. His ability to make quick cuts and moves was obviously hindered, but he was still effective. Plus, he hasn’t been much of a penetrator since he started tweaking his ankles regularly. So, it’s not like his bum ankle, or may I see ankles, are taking a huge part of his game away.
But as long as Curry is effective, the Warriors will continue to run their offense through him.