Warriors point guard Stephen Curry will not play Tuesday night against Cleveland as his sprained right ankle has not recovered well enough. It will be Curry’s seventh straight game missed.
Since Saturday is the earliest possible day for the Warriors’ next practice, where Curry can test out his ankle again in a full-contact setting, he may not return until Monday against the Memphis Grizzlies. If that is the case, he will have missed nine games and gotten 18 days of rest.
No doubt he’s frustrated, but Curry’s showing some serious maturity by patiently waiting for the right time to return. And coach Mark Jackson is refusing to put any pressure on Curry to get back in the lineup. Gotta commend their big-picture approach. Come March, especially if Curry is playing well, no one will remember these games he’s missing (if they are the last games he’ll miss).
MARK JACKSON: “Still getting closer and closer. Just trying to make the best decision and not rush it, which is important. We want him for the long haul.”
So Charles Jenkins gets the start and will match-up against rookie point guard Kyrie Irving, the top pick and early favorite for Rookie of the Year.
Jackson is a big fan of the fellow New York City point guard. Irving has scored at least 20 points in five straight games. During that stretch, he’s averaging 22.6 points on 55 percent shooting with 5.2 assists per game.
JACKSON: “Nothing like having New York City guys running the point for you. He’s a heck of a player. Great kid. Really has the goods. Playing with extreme confidence. The thing you recognize when you think about a young point guard, they’ve given him the (green) light to call audibles, make plays. Exceptional. He’s going to be a top-notch point guard in this league for a long time to come.”