Golden State Warriors: 3 takeaways from 125-115 win in New Orleans

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1. Timing of Curry’s injury couldn’t be worse

By far the biggest story of the night, however, was the injury Stephen Curry sustained at just around the 1:11 mark in the fourth quarter. As he attempted to jump the passing lane to deflect a pass, Curry unfortunately lost his footing, horrifically rolling his ankle.

Although the x-rays from his MRI came back negative, the former 2-time, back-to-back MVP is expected to miss quite a bit of time. He left the arena on crutches, which isn’t the best of signs.

While the absence of Curry is sure to deal a significant blow to Golden State’s normal gameplan and flow, it will be incredibly interesting to see which of the other players step up.

Shaun Livingston will likely get the start, and both Kevin Durant and Klay Thompson are sure to get more scoring opportunities, but what I really want to see is how guys like Patrick McCaw, Nick Young and possibly even Quinn Cook respond.

Honestly though, it just sucks that Curry hurt his ankle right before his hometown game against the Charlotte Hornets. Curry’s matchup with Kemba Walker was looking to be must-see television, and it’s a shame we won’t get to see that happen in Charlotte this season.

Not only that, but the Warriors have the Detroit Pistons and Portland Trail Blazers coming up, and Curry’s absence will surely be felt in both games. I’d also assume that he also ends up missing the Christmas game against LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers.

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It is, of course, entirely plausible he comes back before then; considering Curry’s history with ankle injuries, however, I’d probably err on the side of caution and rest him until his ankle is more than strong enough to return to action.