What To Do With The Injured Stephen Curry: Rest Him Or Play Him?

Ari KramerSenior Analyst IIFebruary 15, 2009

How could this happen? Stephen Curry, the invincible, omnipotent Stephen Curry, has sprained his ankle.

Fortunately, x-rays taken earlier today were negative and Curry is listed as day-to-day, but Coach Bob McKillop was unable to determine if the nation's leading scorer would be dressed to play on Wednesday night against the Citadel.

McKillop called Curry "resilient," referring to Curry's ability to play through a wrist injury in Nov. 2007.

McKillop and the rest of the Davidson Wildcats hope that Curry is as "resilient" this time through because without Curry, the Wildcats are just an ordinary team.

Yeah, I said it.

If they were able to lose to Charleston and barely survive Samford with Curry, things could get super-ugly without him. The Wildcats' chance of receiving an at-large bid will be debilitated by a loss or two, specifically a conference loss and a loss to Butler.

They are 22-4, but they only have one good win. They beat West Virginia, 68-65, in the Jimmy V Classic, but fell to Oklahoma and Purdue, the only ranked teams on their schedule.

This might prompt McKillop to play his star guard. They need Curry to win.

But what if Curry hurts himself even more? What will Davidson do then?

The Wildcats are in a serious predicament. They will not be able to rely on Andrew Lovedale and company to make up for Curry's 29 points per game.

It's probably smartest to rest Curry. Even if they lose without him, he'll be back for the SoCon Tournament.

I'd rather go into the conference tournament with Curry than without him. It's too risky to play him and chance a more serious injury.