What to do with Stephen Curry's ankle?

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What to do with Stephen Curry's ankle?

Editor's Note: According to a report published in USA Today, Warriors point guard Stephen Curry will miss Wednesdays game against the New York Knicks in order to rest his troublesome right ankle. More details to follow after today's practice.

First of all, its not my right ankle so I dont really haveany idea how Stephen Currys feels. But its a pretty important subject as itpertains to the Warriors, and so its worth addressing.Basically, there are two schools of thought on what is nowofficially a troublesome right ankle for Curry. One is for Curry to continueplaying, continue getting treatment and playing on.The other one is for Curry to take some time off -- miss somegames -- and get the ankle totally right before returning. The Warriors willlikely pay the price in the short run -- having less of a chance to win againstNew York, Philly and then on the road at Phoenix, San Antonio and L.A.
But some would argue thats a small price to pay to makesure Currys injury full heals. Plus, maybe he doesnt have to miss all five ofthose games anyway.Got to tell you, Im all for getting Currys ankle to 100percent, but is that practical and realistic? And who says the ankle isnt 100percent right now?First and foremost, this is Currys decision.But Im not convinced that if Curry rests that ankle for aweek to 10 days, hell be any less likely to reinjure it in his first game backthan he is if he plays Wednesdays game against New York.Curry tweaked the ankle three or four times last year, andhe missed eight games. He had surgery to strengthen the ankle in May, but hereinjured it in preseason game No. 2 -- last Tuesday.In other words, after a surgery, an extensive rehab and afull recovery, Curry hurt the ankle two games in. Perhaps the reality is thisis simply the way Currys ankle is going to be.Sure its problematic, but its also nice to know thesetweaks dont linger and he bounces back quickly.He didnt practice between that game and the regular-seasonopener on Sunday but ended up playing and playing poorly, turning the ball overfive times and shooting 2-for-12 from the floor in 33 minutes.His opposite number, Chris Paul, took over the game in thefinal six minutes and led the Clippers to a 105-86 win. Curry was a completelydifferent player on Monday, scoring 21 points and handing out 10 assists in 37minutes against Derrick Rose and the Bulls _ a 99-91 win.But Curry reinjured the ankle again in the game, this timewhen he came down on the foot of Kyle Korver after failing to convert intransition.Currys ankle is becoming a day-in and day-out issue for theWarriors, and the idea of shutting him down for a while isnt a crazy one. Only problem is, theres no assurancethat will do any good.

Iguodala making loud free agency case to Warriors in Durant's absence

Iguodala making loud free agency case to Warriors in Durant's absence

OAKLAND -- It was with impeccable timing, for the Warriors and for Andre Iguodala, that he has spent recent weeks summoning all the best parts of his game.

He has been a disruptive force on defense, as usual, but at a time when the Warriors needed something extra at both ends of the court, he is providing an abundance of offensive electricity.

Iguodala came through once more on Sunday as the Warriors suffocated Memphis in the fourth quarter to take a 106-94 win at Oracle Arena. Though the team’s Sixth Man again scored at an efficient clip -- 20 points on eight shot attempts -- his ability to energize teammates from Stephen Curry to Draymond Green to Klay Thompson and beyond is no less significant.

“We feed off his energy when we see him get a rebound or get a steal, push up the court, make a crazy inside-out dribble and finish at the rim, knock down threes or play-make for other guys,” Curry said. “It’s fun to watch.”

Iguodala’s rise has coincided with the loss of Kevin Durant, the team’s leading scorer and someone who plays the same position. With Durant out, Iguodala has taken on additional playing time, which can be risky for someone in his 13th season.

“He’s been fantastic,” coach Steve Kerr said. “He looks incredibly athletic, bouncy and fresh. He’s a pro. The guy just knows how to take care of his body. He’s done a great job of stepping up in KD’s absence and recognizing what we need from him.”

The Warriors have played 13 games since Durant went down with a knee injury, and Iguodala has played in 11 of them, shooting 44 percent from deep and 61.8 percent overall. The man who shot 62.3 percent from the line in his first three seasons as a Warrior is at 70.1 percent this season. Leadership also is part of the package.

“I try to read (what’s needed) when I get into the game,” Iguodala said. “Try to bring that energy. And, more than anything, lead by example. Not say too much. Just show it.”

When Iguodala is sprinting up and down the court, rising and dunking on one end, stripping balls away on the other, the Warriors are appreciably better team. If the Curry-Durant-Green-Thompson foursome is the engine, Iguodala is the turbo boost.

“We’re a completely different team when he’s as aggressive as he’s been of late,” Green said. “When he’s moving the way he’s been moving -- he’s beating everybody down the floor -- it makes us a completely different team. “

Igoudala’s minutes have spiked, from 23 per game in November, to 26 in December, to 27 in January and February, to almost 29 in March.

“I don’t want to run his minutes up too much,” Kerr said. “But if he has to play a couple extra minutes while KD is out, then that’s fine.”

It’s fine with Iguodala and it’s paying off for the Warriors.

Iguodala hopes it pays off, literally, when he becomes a free agent in July.

Though free agents entering their 14th season don’t often command big money, he is making a very impressive audition for the Warriors or any team that might be interested in his services.

Iguodala has made it clear he’d prefer to stay in the Bay Area, and at this rate the Warriors may have to find the necessary coins to bring him back.

Instant Replay: Warriors finish strong, grind past Grizzlies

Instant Replay: Warriors finish strong, grind past Grizzlies

BOX SCORE

OAKLAND -- There was plenty of tension and more than a few pulse-stopping moments, but the Warriors found a way to win their seventh consecutive game.

The Warriors’ 106-94 victory Sunday over the admirably recalcitrant Memphis Grizzlies was a work in persistence and overcome moments in which the worst of their work was on full display before a sellout crowd at Oracle Arena.

Klay Thompson scored 31 points to lead the offense. Stephen Curry had 21 points and a game-high 11 assists, Andre Iguodala had 20 and Matt Barnes finished with 10 as the Warriors evened the season series with the Grizzlies at 2-2.

The Warriors (59-14) fought off numerous Memphis rallies but turned up the defense in the fourth quarter, holding the Grizzlies to 13 points on 5-of-25 (20 percent) shooting over the final 12 minutes.

The Warriors offset 18 turnovers, giving the Grizzlies 16 point, by shooting 54.2 percent from the field.

Mike Conley scored 29 points to lead Memphis, which fell to 40-33.

STANDOUT PERFORMER

As good as the Splash Brothers were, and they were superb, it was Iguodala’s play at both ends that made a major difference.

Iguodala’s line: 20 points (7-of-8 shooting from the field, 2-of-3 from beyond the arc, 4-of-5 from the line), a team-high-tying seven rebounds, four assists, two steals and a blocked shot. He played 32 minutes and was plus-9 for the game.

TURNING POINT

After the Grizzlies pulled into an 81-81 tie with 25.2 left in the third quarter, the Warriors responded with a 15-5 run to go up 96-86 on a 3-pointer by Curry with 4:57 remaining.

Memphis got no closer than nine in the final minutes.

INJURY UPDATE

Warriors: F Kevin Durant (L knee sprain and bone bruise) is listed as out. C Damian Jones is on assignment with Santa Cruz of the NBA Development League.

Grizzlies: C Marc Gasol (L foot strain) was listed as questionable and declared out prior to tipoff. F Chandler Parsons (L knee rehab) was listed as out. C Deyonta Davis and F Jarell Martin are on assignment with Iowa of the D-League.

WHAT’S NEXT

The Warriors travel Monday to Houston, where on Tuesday night they face the Rockets at Toyota Center. Tipoff is scheduled for 5:05 p.m.