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CHARLOTTE, N.C. – As he had feared, the sprain on Stephen Curry's right ankle did not heal in 24 hours. As expected, Curry will not remain on the sidelines for long.
The Warriors have ruled out Curry for at least two weeks after an MRI on Tuesday confirmed a sprained right ankle suffered in the last minute of Monday's game in New Orleans. That puts a brake on Curry when the Warriors (19-6) play Wednesday against the Charlotte Hornets (9-13) before a local crowd.
According to the Warriors' schedule, Curry will also miss the games in Detroit (Friday), at home against Portland (December 11) and Dallas (December 14), as well as a road game against them. Lakers of Los Angeles (December 18).
It seemed appropriate that Curry begin his rehabilitation in his hometown. It was then that Curry first developed his underdog mentality as the sub-recruited guard that led Davidson to an Elite 8 appearance during his second season. Curry provided a visual reminder of that story when he attended the Davidson game on Tuesday against VMI.
"I would never change my experience for what it is, I am so confident playing Davidson," Curry told the Bay Area News Group this week. "Coach [Bob] McKillop, even before stepping on campus, instilled so much positivity in me to reach my potential, he saw it, I would not be the person or player that I am if I had not been there in that particular situation. on my way and gave me an incredible support system throughout my early professional career.It's a special story. "
And it's a story that still applies to Curry's latest challenge.
Even as he moved through the locker room with crutches and a boot Monday night, Curry remained in a good mood. He joked lamenting that his last injury could not play golf with his father in Charlotte. Before speaking with reporters, Curry shared laughter with Draymond Green and Kevin Durant while asking for their well-being.
His positive attitude foreshadowing the Warriors' long-term schedule over Curry's recovery has more to do with his conservative approach than the seriousness of Curry's injury.
The Warriors privately expressed their relief that the magnetic resonance indicated that Curry's right ankle is stable and structurally intact. After needing crutches and a boot to walk after the game on Monday in New Orleans, those around Curry expressed optimism that he may not need crutches by Wednesday. And while the Warriors will have an arduous task absorbing Curry's absence after averaging 26.3 points, the Warriors are aware of the long-term benefits.
Curry has time to clear his mind after appearing in three consecutive NBA finals. He also has time to further heal his right ring finger, which has been wrapped with a wrapper last week. Meanwhile, the Warriors can further develop their depth.
The future future of the Warriors of Hall of Famers in Kevin Durant, Klay Thompson and Draymond Green will have higher scoring roles without the benefit of the presence of Curry shooting and the space between the floors. With Warriors center Zaza Pachulia included as questionable with left shoulder pain, the Warriors can rely even more on backup center JaVale McGee, rookie forward Jordan Bell and third-year forward Kevon Looney.
Warrior veteran guard Shaun Livingston will begin as a point guard in the immediate future. The Warriors' second-year guard, Patrick McCaw, will receive more playing time, though he figures as questionable after suffering a nasal concussion during Monday's game in New Orleans. And Quinn Cook will be available against Charlotte after the Warriors removed him from his G-League branch in Santa Cruz.
As for Curry, he had already faced concerns about his durability after twisting his ankle several times and needing two surgeries to treat that. The Warriors still hired Curry for a four-year, $ 44 million contract extension in 2012, an agreement that eventually became big business when Curry emerged as the league's best shooter and league's best point guard. He marked another example of Curry becoming a helpless, a problem that made Curry think if he still had that mentality.
"Yes and no," Curry said. "It's part of my DNA." I've always been like this. But circumstances and success changed. "
After all, Curry has since won two NBA championships and two regular season MVP awards, becoming the eighth player in NBA history to get there. to the 2,000 triples in the least amount of games (597).
"If I look at someone now and say that I feel like a loser, I would probably look on my side with the things I've been able to achieve in my team" , said Curry. "So I would not say that I always have something to prove. But I always have an advantage. "
Although the Warriors, including Curry, have struggled with complacency this season, Kerr recently noticed that Curry had that advantage – it happened on the first play of the game on Sunday in Miami when Curry He tried a left-handed dunk.
"It may not be the best option, but I like it," Kerr said. "That's his advantage." He wants to show people that he's the best, he's not the best. in wetting, but he is the best in many other things. "
That used to apply to Curry's shooting and leadership qualities. However, he seems conscious of preventing those abilities from vanishing by monitoring "all the different talented guardians there are." Therefore, instead of sitting down to heal his right ring finger, Curry played and fired with his wrapped finger until it was used. With Curry's 38.1 percent mark throughout the season, from the 3-point range marking a fall from his career average of 43.5 percent, Curry considered an all-season goal to improve those numbers.
"If you want to be up and be at the top, that's really all the motivation," Curry said. "If you're not doing your work on the ground, you're going to be exposed very quickly."
Curry discovered him the hard way when he did what he called a "silly play". Curry tried to steal the ball from New Orleans striker E & # 39; Twaun Moore. Instead, Curry twisted his right ankle after stepping on Moore's shoe. Maybe that only leaves Curry again to overcome another challenge after having done it so many times.
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