Warriors guard Stephen Curry limped off the court late in Monday night’s game in New Orleans after rolling his ankle in a collision with Pelicans guard E’Twaun Moore. But crisis in Oakland was avoid after an MRI exam Tuesday confirmed that Curry’s ankle is sprained but structurally intact.
Curry was listed as doubtful for Wednesday’s game in Charlotte. He will miss at least two weeks before he is reevaluated, although it is unclear how much time he may miss. Golden State has eight games before it hosts Cleveland on Christmas Day.
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This isn’t the first time Curry’s right ankle has presented a problem for the Golden State star. Curry had surgery on the ankle in May 2011 to repair torn ligaments after suffering multiple sprains, then had more surgery in April 2012 after a season in which he played in just 26 games.
According to the Warriors’ timetable, Curry will also miss games in Detroit (Friday), a homestand against Portland (Dec. 11) and Dallas (Dec. 14) as well as a road game against the Los Angeles Lakers (Dec. 18).
It seemed fitting Curry begins his rehab in his hometown. That is when Curry first developed his underdog mentality as the under-recruited guard that led Davidson to an Elite 8 appearance during his sophomore season. Curry provided a visual reminder of that story when he attended Davidson’s game on Tuesday against VMI.
The Warriors’ other future of Hall of Famers in Kevin Durant, Klay Thompson and Draymond Green will have bigger scoring roles without the benefit of Curry’s shooting presence and floor spacing. With Warriors center Zaza Pachulia listed as questionable with a sore left shoulder, the Warriors may rely further on backup center JaVale McGee, rookie forward Jordan Bell and third-year forward Kevon Looney.
Warriors veteran guard Shaun Livingston will start at point guard for the foreseeable future. Warriors second-year guard Patrick McCaw will receive more playing time, though he is listed as questionable after suffering a nose contusion during Monday’s game in New Orleans. And Quinn Cook will be available against Charlotte after the Warriors recalled him from their G-League affiliate in Santa Cruz.