Point guard Stephen Curry, after re-spraining his ankle in Wednesday night’s win over the Houston Rockets, is listed as day-to-day with a mild right ankle sprain. So you know what that means? No practice.
Curry said he took a couple of steps back by re-aggravating his ankle injury, so he will rest it and ice it in preparation for Friday’s game vs. the Clippers. But is this all part of his plan to get out of practicing?
CURRY: “I don’t want to start this trend. I definitely want to be ready for the games. I want to practice. But it doesn’t help to keep phantom rolling my ankle every game. I’ma have to stop that.”
Obviously, Curry was joking about faking an ankle injury so he can skip practice. But Curry hasn’t practiced since spraining his right ankle last Thursday in San Diego. But Keith Smart said he wasn’t worried about his point guard and captain missing practice.
SMART: “He still does something to keep his heart rate up. He’s just got to get out and shoot. We have all types of apparatuses to get his heart rate up … the conditioning part I think is going to help him. We don’t want him cutting, we don’t want him landing on someone’s foot and have to miss some games because of that. We have ways of keeping a guy actively engaged.”
Curry’s ankle will need the rest because the likelihood is that Clippers point guard Baron Davis will post him up, as usual. And Curry won’t get an influx of help. The Warriors, Curry said, would much rather take their chances of Baron taking over the game down low. What they don’t want is for the defense to react to help Curry and open up passing lanes and open shots for Baron’s teammates.
That means Curry might spend a lot of time locked up with beareded dude in the paint.
Center Andris Biedrins is as happy as I’ve ever seen him. He has every reason to be.
He’s healthy, finally. He has help rebounding the ball in the form of David Lee, not leaving him to contend with an entire frontine on his own. And, he’s being factored into the offense.
Head coach Keith Smart ran the first play of the season through Biedrins. And, shortly afterward, even after the first one didn’t result in a basket, Smart posted Biedrins up again. He dropped in a turnaround hook.
BIEDRINS: “I talked to coach. I told him I’ll only play if I get the first shot.”
SMART: “I said, ‘You’re probably right.’ … Gotta keep your big man happy.”
Biedrins, now being serous, said it does help him to get a shot or two early. He said early touches help him get a rhythm. Certainly, it aids his psyche knowing that he’s involved in the offense and not just an extra on that end of the court.
BIEDRINS: “Coach Keith wants me to get a feel for the ball. He knows what I need and he’s doing it.”
There is one thing bothering Biedrins. His name is David Lee.
Huh? It looked as if the two worked well together Wednesday night. On the offensive end, Lee found Biedrins inside a couple of times. They both fed off each other on the boards. They looked like a tandem, right?
BIEDRINS: “That’s really weird because I don’t like him, but on the floor we get along really well. … They try to make us bond with each other, but it’s not working. But on the floor, you know, you forget those things and just work as a team.”
Yes, he’s kidding.