Golden State Warriors point guard Stephen Curry aggravated his surgically repaired right ankle in Friday's preseason game against the Portland Trail Blazers.
UPDATE: Friday, Oct. 26, at 4:27 p.m. ET by Mike Hoag Jr.
Stephen Curry is being held-out for precautionary reasons but will be ready to go "when it matter's most," Warriors coach Mark Jackson told Matt Steinmetz of CSNBayArea.com.
Steinmetz said that Curry confirmed himself that he would be ready for the opener in Phoenix.
This is good news as the team is likely to be without center Andrew Bogut for the beginning portion of the season. Last season Curry missed 40 games with an ankle ailment and is the key factor in the Warriors success or lack thereof.
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UPDATE: Saturday, Oct. 20, at 6:50 p.m. ET by Ben Chodos
Stephen Curry's ankle injury will cause him to remain on the sidelines until the regular season starts.
Bay Area News Group's Marcus Thompson reported head coach Mark Jackson's decision via Twitter.
CURRY UPDATE: Warriors coach Mark Jackson said he is sitting his starting PG for the rest of the preseason sulia.com/c/basketball/f…— Marcus Thompson (@gswscribe) October 20, 2012
The Warriors will hope that the rest will help Curry remain healthy this season after he missed significant time last year due to ankle problems.
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On the other hand, it doesn't appear to be too serious. According to Simmons, Curry tried to come back in the game, but head coach Mark Jackson said, "No."
As if there was any question after Mark Jackson's emphatic, "No," Steph Curry (ankle) will not return. Warriors say it's precautionary.— Rusty Simmons (@Rusty_SFChron) October 20, 2012
The Warriors tweeted:
Stephen Curry had his right ankle rolled on by another player and he will not return tonight for precautionary reasons.— Golden St. Warriors (@warriors) October 20, 2012
Curry played in just 26 games for the Warriors last season due to his ankle injury. The Warriors have until Oct. 31 to sign him to an extension or he becomes a restricted free agent next year, but it is precisely because of his injury history that they may decide to wait it out. The latest incident certainly doesn't help Curry's case.
The Davidson product, selected No. 7 overall in the 2009 NBA draft, has career averages of 17.5 points, 5.8 assists and 1.7 steals while shooting 47 percent from the field, 44 percent from downtown and 90 percent from the free-throw line.
But what good is that if Curry can't stay on the floor?
The Warriors face a tough decision as far as the extension goes. This is just another reminder that there's really no telling how the 24-year-old's ankle will hold up during the course of the season.
After landing center Andrew Bogut in the Monta Ellis trade in March, the Warriors are hoping it all comes together this season, but Curry is a big part of that and his absence would make it difficult to compete in a tough Pacific Division.
Check back here for the latest updates on the point guard's condition.
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