LOS ANGELES For the third time this season and for theseventh time in the past 15 months, Warriors point guard Stephen Curry sprainedhis right ankle during a game.It happened late in the third quarter of the Warriors101-95 loss to the Spurs in San Antonio and by initial observation it was similar from the otherhalf-dozen times he rolled the ankle.This time, though, was different.
Maybe not different in terms of severity because thatremains to be seen. But different in terms of how Curry reacted to the injury.
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In the past, when Curry had tweaked his ankle, hed talk indepth about what exactly had happened, how serious he thought the injury was andwhat he thought the prognosis might be for the future.Curry would certainly express frustration about re-injuringthe ankle, but that would be accompanied by a smile, maybe even a little laugh,a shake of the head.The bottom line is that previous times Curry never seemedoverly concerned or worried about the ankle -- at least outwardly -- and healways seemed to give the impression that he believed it was alltemporary.Wednesday night was different.As reporters entered the locker room after the game, Currywas sitting at his locker, with a towel draped over his bowed head and his right footsitting in a big bucket of ice.Quite frankly, he was despondent. When he finally did speak,his words were little more than a whisper and it was clear he didnt want tospend a lot of time talking about what had just occurred or what layahead.REWIND: Addressing ankle, Curry will change shoes
This is the worst its been, Curry said about the pain.Im sure it has to do with the fact its the third time. Its hard to say howit will react. But its just Dj vu again for me.It seems apparent Curry wont play on Friday against the Lakers in Los Angelesand maybe not even the following day against Utah. The team is listing him asday-to-day but that seems optimistic at this point.Then again, who knows? Hes bounced back very quickly fromthese things at various times in the past.Perhaps the most frustrating thing about Currys injury isthat there doesnt seem to be a logical course of action. He could sit out a fewweeks, but as weve seen, thats no guarantee he wont roll the ankleagain.He had surgery in May, rehabbed all summer, got the ankleback to 100 percent, then tweaked it in the second exhibition game of theseason. It happened again in the second game of the season against Chicago andone more time last night.After Curry spoke for a minute or two on Wednesday, hehobbled into the shower, limping noticeably on the ankle. He did not look likesomeone who would be playing a basketball game on Friday night.Said teammate David Lee: When you come in here after thegame, the reality sets in. More than anything, you feel bad for Steph. Heneeds to get his ankle right, whether thats coming back for the L.A. game orwaiting six weeks.And thats the issue right there. Play tomorrow or wait sixweeks? Problem is, there doesnt seem to be a right answer.