Last Wednesday night in San Antonio, Golden State Warriors point guard Stephen Curry tweaked his ankle—again. He left in the It’s the third time in the past month that he has turned his right ankle—the same one he had surgically repaired last May.
Interestingly, it’s almost as if Golden State knew this was going to happen. By signing veteran point guard Nate Robinson earlier this week, the Warriors provided themselves a safety new for something they somehow must have seen coming.
The Dubs might want to forecast California lottery numbers instead of basketball lottery picks.
Though it seemed like a somewhat surprising move at the time, the signing of Robinson may turn out to be an omen of sorts—at least until Curry’s ankle is back to 100 percent. Especially on the offensive end of the floor.
On Wednesday, Monta Ellis was left to handle the brunt of the workload after Curry was forced to sit out the remainder of the game. Certainly that is as taxing an onus for Ellis to carry considering the thin front court of Golden State. It leaves him in a pseudo-Allen Iverson situation—having to score in heaps just to keep the Warriors in the game, because there are no consistent other scoring threats on the team. Additionally, the supporting cast is quite youthful and inexperienced, particularly on offense.
But Robinson can help shoulder the load in the interim. True, he is not as proficient or efficient as Curry is. However, Robinson provides an ability to score in bunches, and is an adept passer when called upon. Though he totes bouts of erratic decision-making, Robinson’s experience with the likes of the Boston Celtics surely can rub off on a very green Warriors squad looking to find their footing under first-year head coach Mark Jackson.
Obviously, Curry’s on-again-off-again health would provide fits for any rookie head coach. This will be Jackson’s first test of hardship during this shortened NBA season. But Robinson’s presence in the lineup will help tide the team over until Curry returns—certainly more so than previous backup Ish Smith would be able to. Robinson can effectively run the point, but he is also able to slide over to the two spot when the Dubs need Ellis to handle the ball.
This will be a glaring need, as Golden State will need to fill the 15.2 points per game that Curry had been contributing this season. Though Jackson has promised a tighter defensive performance from his team, the Warriors will need some buckets with Curry out indefinitely.
It’s been reported by CSN BayArea, that Curry is listed as day-to-day. But nobody knows for certain how long he’ll be sidelined. He already has missed one game this season from a previous sprain; but he bounced back rather quickly thereafter. Realistically, there is no timetable for his return. He has sprained his ankle multiple times already—in varying degrees of physical movement—so it’s likely the Warriors will prepare themselves to be without him for an extended period.
In the meantime, Robinson will look to prove that the Warriors were right in purchasing an insurance policy at the point. Golden State was wise to think ahead.
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