Before Tuesday’s game, just to see his reaction, I asked Stephen Curry a question I already knew the answer to. And I was correct in my presumption. The conversation went something like this (paraphrased):
Me: Would you sit out for an extended period to rest your ankle and take one for the team?
Curry: What you mean?
Me: Well, if you’re out a while, it’s going to be that much harder to get wins. If you finish in the top 7 in the lottery, the Warriors get to keep the pick. So you sitting out could help the team get more talent.
Curry: (Irritated look, like why would I even ask him that) No. That doesn’t even make sense.
The hypothetical conversation illustrated where Curry stands regarding his foot injury. He’s not trying to sit out. Shutting it down, taking a month off, however you put it, he isn’t trying to hear that. That’s good to hear in a franchise who’s had a few players shut it down for lesser reasons. That’s not good news for those of you hoping the Warriors tank to keep their pick.
Curry is going to try to play tonight at Atlanta. And if he can’t go tonight, he’ll try to go at Philadelphia on Friday. He was told the injury would heal in a week, and that’s the timetable he’s going by.
The last few days allowed for Curry’s frustration to subside and for him to get some perspective. Here are a few reasons he’s not in panic mode or ready to do anything drastic, like shut it down:
* His primary injury, the surgically repaired tendons in his ankle, are still in tact. His surgery is holding up. He is looking to the summer as the time for the elongated rest and rehab people are calling for from him.
CURRY: “I’ll sit out long enough to where it’s healed. I can get through this season knowing I won’t have to have another surgery and I can rest it during the offseason.”
* Curry said in the grand scheme of things, his injury woes are not that bad. He pointed out he played 80 games as a sophomore and 74 last season. So far, he’s missed 10 games. If that’s all he misses, that would mean he missed 15 percent of the season (in an 82 game schedule, that amounts to about 12 games). So he’s not missing half the season routinely.
CURRY: “I’m pretty sure if you were to look at the starters around the league and how many games they miss, I bet you the average is more games than I’ve missed. … I’m not injury plagued.”
GM LARRY RILEY: “You kind of had the perception out there last year that he missed a lot of games. He really didn’t. We’d like for him to be available every game. But if you look at the number of games, it’s not that many – though, this year, it is compounded from the standpoint that it’s only a 66-game season.”
* The doctors aren’t sounding off alarms yet. Even the specialist who did his surgery didn’t recommend an elongated rest. Though logic suggests his latest injury is at least indirectly connected to his previous ankle problems, Curry – along with Riley and coach Mark Jackson, said they are encouraged by the fact this injury is different. It could be a good front, but they don’t seem to concerned about this latest foot injury. Certainly not like they were the last time he sprained his ankle.
Riley said he would shut Curry down if he and doctors thought it was necessary. And Jackson said he’d be willing to shut Curry down, too, if it became obvious that was necessary. It seems as if it would take another ankle incident for that option to be considered.
CURRY: “I am trusting the fact that I’m doing everything I can do. I’m not doing anything wrong. It’s just an unfortunate situation that something keeps happening.”