The Warriors got relatively good news from both of their injured ankles on Saturday. Don’t expect either point guard Stephen Curry or center Andrew Bogut to take the court before the season opener. But each got good reports from their surgeon.
Curry, who re-injured his right ankle on Friday night in Portland, was checked out by Dr. Richard Ferkel at Saturday’s practice. According to general manager Bob Myers, Ferkel — who performed Curry’s arthroscopic surgery in April — wasn’t concerned about Curry’s latest ankle issue.
Coach Mark Jackson said he wasn’t concerned, either. Still, he said he’s going to hold out Curry for the final two preseason games.
“There’s no point in playing him now,” Jackson said. “There is nothing to gain by running him out there. I’m not concerned, but we’re going to be smart about it.”
Bogut had his surgically repaired left ankle examined by Ferkel, who also performed Bogut’s surgery in April. Myers said Ferkel “liked what he saw” and concluded that the 7-foot center was progressing on schedule. Ferkel wouldn’t rule out Bogut playing in the opener on Oct. 31. But Myers said no one can say for sure that Bogut will play.
But he did say that Ferkel’s plan all along was to give Bogut six months of healing and rehabilitation before returning to the court. That sixth-month mark is on Oct. 27.
Myers said Bogut doesn’t need to be cleared to participate in full-contact action. But he does need to be free of pain, swelling or discomfort of any kind.
So far, Bogut has been playing one-on-one and doing some drills.
“We’re not going to set a timeline because it will be when he’s 100 percent,” Myers said. “It’s more feel. It’s his body, how his ankle is responding. … (Ferkel’s) not telling (Bogut) he can’t do five-on-five. All he’s telling him is keep moving forward and listen to your body.”
Curry’s presence in the lineup on opening night isn’t expected to be an issue. The doctors involved and Warriors management feel much better about Curry’s injury since the rolling of his ankle wasn’t a product of him planting, or one of his non-contact sprains.
Instead, it was a result of Portland’s Wesley Matthews kicking the back of Curry’s heal. Curry was ready to go back in the game but was thwarted by his cautious head coach. He didn’t practice on Saturday (the veterans had a light day), but he doesn’t have any swelling or pain.
Curry will have 11 days to rest his ankle before the opener.
“We want to be safe,” Myers said. “It’s preseason still. It’s something we’d like to not have happen. But it happened and we’re not overly concerned. It responded well.”