Warriors point guard Stephen Curry won’t be headed to Orlando. He is skipping the All-Star Weekend festivities, including Saturday’s Skills Challenge, to rest his ailing right foot, which he injured in Wednesday’a win at Phoenix.
Young said the decision was much more precautionary and the strained tendon in his foot has nothing to do with the right ankle that’s already cost Curry nine games.
“Doctors told him he needs to stay off it as much as possible,” Young said in a phone interview Thursday. “He feels like it will be fine in three or four days. He’s very optimistic he will play in Indianapolis.”
Golden State’s next game is Tuesday at Indiana. The Warriors (13-17) won’t reconvene until Monday evening’s practice. The plan is for Curry, officially listed as day-to-day, to take advantage of all that time to get his foot right.
Curry won’t just be missing the Skills Challenge, for which he is the defending champ. He had a full slate at All-Star Weekend – appearances, media interviews, league events. He was set to play in a celebrity golf tournament put on by TNT and was going to do work for NBA cares.
So just going to Orlando, even without participating in the Skills Challenge, would mean stress on his foot. Thatattending tee attending his brother Seth’s game tonight in Tallahassee, Fla., as Duke visits Florida State, Curry will return to Charlotte for rest and rehabilitation.
Young said Curry will visit with his team of foot and ankle specialists who he’s been working with on his right ankle issues.
Curry said he was relieved it wasn’t his ankle, though the pain “felt like someone stabbing him in his foot.” It was officially dubbed a strained posterior tibialis, which is the tendon that connects the calf and the foot.
Curry sustained the injury at the 2:29 mark of the first quarter. He said he felt the pain – “It was something I’ve never felt before” – on the push-off as he went up for a layup. He tried to come back. But he could hardly move playing the final 18 seconds of the half.
“I tried to make a cut, but it didn’t respond they way I thought it would,” Curry said after the game. “Coach (Mark Jackson) made the decision in the second half just to let it rest.”