Golden State’s Stephen Curry rolled his right ankle coming down from a layup attempt early in the first quarter against the San Antonio Spurs last night. Here’s that:
After hobbling into the tunnel in obvious discomfort, Curry returned to make two free throws, then left the game for good. It’s a sprain, and at least the fourth diagnosed ankle injury that the two-time MVP has suffered just this season alone. He’ll miss at least Golden State’s next two games, in Portland and Minnesota. Hilariously, the Warriors still have the NBA’s most stacked team even when deprived of the greatest shooter of all time—they came back to beat the Spurs last night when Kevin Durant just kinda decided it was time to—so they should be okay in the short term.
But the pattern is troubling, even for a True Warriors Hater like me, and growing only more so. Persistent ankle problems screwed up the first couple seasons of Curry’s career, badly enough to cost him tens of millions of dollars on his first veteran contract. That bargain deal later enabled the Warriors to build and sustain a historically great roster around Curry once surgery, an