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Warriors PG Stephen Curry, C Andrew Bogut Each Get Good Ankle News

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.

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“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.”

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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.”

Marcus Thompson

  • Dan

    I say trade curry to the bobcats for a first rounder next year….

  • earl monroe

    Ankle injuries are commonplace in basketball, rarely is a player not playing with some kind of ankle tweek, for some reason Curry’s ankle issues are more severe, I do hope this is exactly as management describes it.

  • Chuck

    Yea Dan I’m sure the bobcats would be all over that deal. Smh

  • Leftshot

    Glad Dan isn’t the Warrior’s GM.

  • Shawn

    Hey Dan, lets trade bogut back for Kwame too! You would be a great GM!

  • Thewarriorsrule

    I hope this means that we can resign curry for a reasonable price!

  • Joe

    Two years ago, Boston was willing to trade us Rondo for Ellis and Curry. Thanks for turning that down, Lacob..

  • Joe Barely Cares

    The only way I’d trade Curry is for a lottery pick + they take Beans off our hands.

  • The Seer

    Trade Curry while he still has value. This is chronic and isn’t going away. How many times does this need to happen before the organization does another Biedrins and waits until the player has zero value.

  • Commish

    Every game we are going to be holding our breath. Very nerve racking

  • slamdunk

    Going into the season with a center with an iffy ankle with only Ezeli, and maybe Tyler as backups is a little scary. I wish that Myers could bring in a veteran center and dump Biedrins in the bay somewhere. The team seems to have good depth at every other position, but without a reliable center, a playoff shot is still a long reach.

  • Victor

    CURSED OR WHAT!!I call them 20wins now. Not the warriors anymore, 20wins…if the shoe fits…

  • Victor

    Dont listen to Barnett or Fitzgerald, this team is GONNA GIT KEY ILLED by any good team they face. KILLED. I mean this looks horrible to me. what a product..YUCK. NO a has been Center is not the Solution either….HELP!! What a compete MESS this is AGAIN TOO!!!!!

  • Victor

    IM NOT BUYING IT AT ALL, can you tell.

  • Punch

    Hi Marcus,

    Does Curry wear a rigid ankle brace such as a McDavid? I know that it would limit movement and explosiveness but if he does not, why won’t he consider it? I think there’s more to his game than explosiveness.

  • Pablo

    Victor, you are a knucklehead.

  • Young

    Marcus,

    Why isn’t James Harden GSW’s new starting shooting guard???

    The deal the rockets offered isn’t even good. Martin lamb and 2 #1 picks is not better than Thompson and Barnes.

    Did we offer anything? Or are we really believing we can’t improve??

  • noah

    @Marcus, one would think it would have taken Barnes, Thompson and at least one #1. I just don’t think I make that move if I’m the Ws.