Stephen Curry Injury Report: Warriors Point Guard Ruled out vs. New York Knicks

Nathaniel JueSenior Writer IIDecember 28, 2011

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Watching the Golden State Warriors beat the Chicago Bulls on Monday was bittersweet.

The Warriors manhandled the team with the best record in the league last season, a team experts believe can contend for the NBA title.

It was a very early high moment for Golden State, who had three extremely difficult home games right out of the gate: the Los Angeles Clippers, Chicago Bulls and New York Knicks—all within four days.

Beating one team would be a relief. Beating the Bulls was thoroughly enjoyable for Warrior faithful. Especially since their point guard, Stephen Curry, completely outplayed the reigning league MVP, Derrick Rose.

Unfortunately for the Warriors, the victory, coach Mark Jackson's first in the NBA, was overshadowed by the discouraging injury sustained by Curry in the fourth quarter.

For the second time in a week, Curry sprained his right ankle; this time it was after landing on the foot of Kyle Korver while driving to the basket.

Curry has had a history of ankle sprains, resulting in his decision to have surgery last May to repair ligament damage. But his susceptibility to re-injuring his ankle has caught up to him so far early in this season, and it leaves the Warriors hobbled at the point.

Reports out of Oakland via CSN BayArea indicate that Curry will indeed sit for the Warriors next game against the Knicks on Wednesday.

Though X-rays and MRI results were negative, the Golden State coaching staff has decided to give the third-year point guard some rest to nurse his ankle. He is officially listed as day-to-day.

Given the compressed schedule this season, it's important for Curry to be at as close to 100 percent as possible.

Should he continue to trudge along at less than full health, he could become a detriment to the team, and he could set himself up for potentially missing a long stretch of games. That would be extremely harmful to a young ball club such as the Warriors, who currently boast the youngest team in the NBA.

The Warriors' depth will come into play early this season—a bench that is quite inexperienced in the backcourt.

What makes this fact particularly difficult for the Dubs is knowing that the team does not have a veteran backup to run the point.

Right now, the current second-string point guard is Ish Smith, who is in only his second season in the league, with most of his playing time spent in cleaning up the garbage in blowouts.

The irony is that last season's backup for Golden State, Jeremy Lin, was claimed off waivers by the Knicks, the Warriors' next opponent. 

In the meantime, though, Monta Ellis will no doubt move over to fill in for Curry, with rookie Klay Thompson likely stepping in to start at shooting guard.

All for the time being, of course.

How long will Ellis be able to carry the load for the Warriors?

Ellis, though a scoring fiend, will have a difficult time taking on the brunt of the offense, especially during this abbreviated season.

It would be nice for the Warriors to acquire a veteran point guard to fill in for this incredibly young squad. Because it will be difficult to even imagine the Warriors going for long stretches without Curry in the lineup. That's why it's so very instrumental that he return only until he's back at 100 percent.

Otherwise, who knows if Curry will hurt himself again in the near future? If that happens, count the Warriors out of contention for a playoff spot. Golden State's postseason future depends on him.