His head was covered with a towel, his chin resting in his palm, his foot stuffed into a bowl of ice. He started by saying he didn’t have much to say. But when he did talk, his pain was obvious.
Curry: “Just another re-aggravation of the same thing that’s been happening. … Just another frustrating incident I’ve got to deal with. … Just déjà vu all over again for me.”
In Wednesday’s loss at San Antonio, Curry sprained his ankle for the third time this season.
With 3:10 left in the third quarter, he scooped up a loose ball off an Ekpe Udoh deflection and was set to push it the other way. But when he planted his right foot, his toe jammed into the court and his right ankle rolled over. He immediately tried to get rid of the ball, throwing an errant pass before limping off to the side. After trying to walk it off, he was helped to the bench.
Eventually he went to the locker room for treatment. He said he tried to return, re-taping his ankle and re-lacing his shoes. But his ankle had already stiffened up too much. His night was over.
LEE: “When you come in here after the game, the reality sets in. More than anything, you feel bad for Steph. He works so hard and does all of the right things. He just has a little bit of misfortune. … He needs to get his ankle right, whether that’s coming back for the L.A. game or waiting six weeks.”
Curry sprained his ankle four times last season, prompting offseason surgery to repair two torn ligaments. But back on Dec. 20, in the preseason finale at Sacramento, he sprained it again, setting off the latest rash of ankle injuries. He twisted it again in the fourth quarter against Chicago on Dec. 26, stepping on Kyle Korver’s foot. That forced him to miss the Dec. 29 game against New York.
Curry said he would see how it feels Thursday before determining whether he will play Friday at the Lakers. Overwhelmingly, the sentiment is that Curry needs to sit out a while, let that ankle fully heal.
He’s tried everything else this season. After the initial sprain, he spent four days receiving rest and treatment. That worked enough to get him on the court but not enough to keep him from spraining it again. Then, after the second sprain, he tried a new ankle-taping technique and even traveled to Nike to research and change shoes. Still he sprained it again, the second time he’s done it this season without any contact.
Curry could sit out and let it heal. But that’s not a guaranteed remedy. He sat out for four months this offseason. Nonetheless, sitting out an extended period helped last year. Curry sprained his ankle last year at San Antonio (on Dec. 8). He was out of action until Christmas Day. He didn’t miss any more games the rest of the way.
JACKSON: “It’s natural to think ‘here we go again’ as a player.”