Steph Curry is Clearly Getting Tired of Sitting Out

Stephen Curry went through his first full practice since spraining his right ankle on Jan. 4 at San Antonio. He got some five-on-five action in at the Cavaliers’ practice facility.

But Curry said his ankle did not respond as well as he hoped. He said he would see how the ankle feels Tuesday before deciding. But coach Mark Jackson already seemed prepared for the worst.

JACKSON: “I probably would say he won’t play.”

Curry wasn’t as pessimistic. In fact, he sounded like he was ready to make it happen.

Curry said he felt fatigued and did not have the usual strength in his legs. But he said isn’t sure if it’s because of his ankle or because his conditioning is behind. He’s missed the last six games after spraining his ankle three times in 18 days. He has had 11 days of minimal activity before returning to practice Monday.

He said if his ankle responds well, he can chalk the fatigue up to conditioning.

CURRY: “It was nice to be able to play a little bit and be involved with practice. We think we’re in a good spot … It’s not 100 percent, like I want it to be, where I’m out there just free-flowing.”

So then why even consider playing Tuesday?

CURRY: “I’m tired of missing games. I said I was going to wait, but I didn’t say how long I was going to wait.”

An interesting caveat to the return of Curry is who he’s playing against. Rookie point guard Kyrie Irving is a quick one. And judging by his numbers — he’s scored at least 20 points in five straight games — he’s aggressive on offense.

Of course, the Warriors can just put Monta Ellis on Irving. But Mark Jackson said it’s not like the Warriors will be able to hide Curry. NBA point guards are too good.

JACKSON: “There are no Mark Jacksons where he can just chill.”

Marcus Thompson

  • Hollywood Charles

    The light at the end of the tunnel seems to be burning out fast with the Warriors. We’re back where we always have been… entitled players (Curry thinks he should be on Team USA? What?), Owners, Owner’s sons, GM’s, and coaches (although I still hold out hope there)… who have achieved NOTHING, earned NOTHING… no one around the NBA respects our roster and the chance we had to get value for Curry we whiffed on… To think this all started because Don Nelson didn’t like a player who read books and had independent thoughts (Yes I mean Webber) and dropped an H-Bomb on our beloved franchise we never have recovered from… ugh… I feel like I’m a positive person… I really do.

  • Bucky

    LOL at coach’s comment “There are no Mark Jacksons where he can just chill”!

  • J Canseco

    At least Nellie ball was fun to watch.

  • robert rowell

    #3 — i guess you can take solace in that, seeing how this current team isn’t fun to watch and they still lose.

    if curry’s ankle didn’t heal during the offseason and long lockout, then it certainly hasn’t healed in the last 11 days. it needs a lot more rest or i fear more sprains are on the horizon. really, even at this early stage of the season, it’s pointless to play him seeing how often he’s re-injured it already. this season is lost. it’s not his fault, talk to larry riley about that one.

  • Ron

    #3. Nellie ball was and will always be losing ball period. Putting defense first may not be as exciting but it is a good building block for the future.

  • Holy Toledo

    Wow, Hollywood Charles, I considered just letting that slide, but…

    ..talking about entitled?! How about a young Chris Webber (and i like the older and even still playing older CWeb, understand?) Yet you feel a mature, been around many blocks, savvy vet player, coach and head coach such as Nelson was the one in the wrong, not the impetuous while yes intelligent young Webber?

    I’ll remind you Webber was OPENLY upset upon the trade to the Warriors on draft night (they’re all talked to before the draft if they’re in attendance like Webber of course was, to be professionals.) Webber then said he didn’t like being out west so far from his life, family etc. While living here, he mentioned being so afraid of earthquakes that the few times he went to SF he went all the way around through SJ to avoid the bridge.

    In those days the rookie contract structure wasn’t what it is today, so Webber USED HIS POWER to leave to basically find some reason to make it seem cool to, so he sold Nelson down the river.

    Sure, Nelson isn’t an angel. But this is the F’n NBA man, come on.

    I’m sooo tired of this modern tendency of demonizing the mature, correct people in these social situations and making a victim out of the guy who hurt his own career, hurt Nelson’s, RUINED HOOPS FOR ALL OF US for DECADES.

    It is revisionist “history.” You, sir, are wrong, straight up wrong, and you’ve allowed yourself over the years to believe it as right, along with others, making you all feel more right in your delusion. Straight. Up. Yes.

    And hey, I like Webber. Always have. He’s a thoughtful man (yes, he liked books, but for you to say that was a reason Nelson didn’t like him…laughable man, laughable, more revisionist self serving assumption on your part. He may have used the books thing to motivate, but to honestly think Nelson disrepected Webber for that is again, seriously unlikely and likely just wrong.)

    You could, if you are honest, see it all happening while it happened. I was/am shocked to see it somehow painted on Nelson by so many. Again, the coach is prickly, but no one has played and coached in more games than Nelson. He had great plans for that team of Hardaway, Spree, Mullin, and Webber, and Webber was the one to ruin it all by CHOOSING to have his hissy fit. What players do that as rookies? What coaches have been way more annoying? Plenty.

    Bottom line, if Webber didn’t have the out in his back pocket that he did, due to different rookie contracts then…he wouldn’t have angled to get out, using his distaste for Nelson (and hundreds of NBA players have not liked their coach as rookies, it’s part of the game, you grow, learn from all of it, not use your power and naive, young sense of entitlement to power your way out of a good thing on the floor.)

    Let this be a lesson to all the delusional Webber historic re-enactment fans. Great player, smart guy, good commentator, totally misguided young player who due to many cultural factors related to where he played youth ball, how he felt he needed to identify himself (won’t go into all this here) and likely poor guidance he was getting….all led to the Webber-Nelson fiasco…not Nelson-Webber fiasco, Webber-Nelson fiasco.)