Some might say that Stephen Curry is playing on one leg, which may or may not be an accurate assessment. Only Curry truly knows his limitations. But an accurate assessment would include heed over his wobbly left ankle that he sprained in Game 3.
Wobbly or not, Curry told Marcus Thompson of the Bay Area News Group that he’s ready for a big dose of minutes in Game 6.
Stephen Curry said he’s ready to play a lot of minutes tonight
— Marcus Thompson (@gswscribe) May 16, 2013
It’s important to consider the difference between Curry’s opinion and what he’s actually capable of doing. Since tweaking his ankle, his minutes and numbers are both down. He’s averaging 15.5 on 37.9 percent shooting over his last two games. Moreover, he’s averaging 36.7 minutes over the t same span, which is a large disparity from the 42.5 minutes he averaged in nine previous outings.
In the wake of Curry’s tumble from highly effective to a giant question mark, Klay Thompson’s struggles have prompted more concern. As I wrote Wednesday, Curry and Thompson can’t struggle simultaneously. Unfortunately for the Warriors, their backcourt hasn’t been the backcourt that head coach Mark Jackson once labeled as the “greatest shooting backcourt in the history of the game.”
Curry might think he’s mentally ready to log 40-plus minutes, but his ankles might have other plans.