On December 4th, Stephen Curry sprained his right ankle in an awful roll against the New Orleans Pelican. Luckily, there was no damage to the bone, but it seems to be quite a serious sprain.
Unfortunately, Curry has a history of ankle issues: he has repeatedly sprained that right ankle, and even had surgery on it twice. They used to be recurring and quite problematic for Steph, even threatening his career, but it hasn’t been a problem for years—until now.
It makes sense for the Warriors to approach the injury cautiously. They don’t want to rush back Steph and risk injuring it again. Anyways, the Warriors are good enough that they don’t need him back any time soon.
The Warriors have been helped by an odd schedule quirk: since December 4th, the Warriors have only played five games. Their schedule is becoming busier, with a marquee matchup against the Cavaliers on Christmas, December 25th.
Greg Papa reported last night after the Warriors overtime win against the L.A. Lakers that an update on Curry’s injury could be announced today and suggested that he could be back for that Christmas Day game.
Curry has been getting better. He’s resumed on-court shooting, and will likely ramp things up from here. It makes sense for Curry to target a return on Christmas for the Finals rematch, but he might not be healthy enough in time. In fact, I would guess he’s probably going to return in early January.
The Warriors don’t truly feel like the Warriors without Steph. Let’s hope he can come back at full health as soon as possible.