Thought to be a problem of the past, it looks like Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry's bothersome right ankle has reared its ugly head once again.
UPDATE: Saturday, Jan. 19 at 6:55 p.m. ET by Ian Hanford
San Francisco Chronicle reporter Rusty Simmons reported that Curry will play in the Warriors' game Saturday night after missing two games with an ankle injury:
Steph Curry (ankle) is in. David Lee (ankle) is out. Warriors coach Mark Jackson makes it official.— Rusty Simmons (@Rusty_SFChron) January 19, 2013
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UPDATE: Friday, Jan. 18 at 7:15 p.m. ET by Kyle Vassalo
If the Warriors are going to take down the Spurs tonight, they'll have to do so without Stephen Curry. According to The Bay Area News Group's Marcus Thompson, Curry is out with an ankle injury:
Stephen Curry has been ruled out tonight at San Antonio— Marcus Thompson (@gswscribe) January 19, 2013
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UPDATE: Thursday, Jan. 17 at 9:54 a.m. ET by Brandon Galvin
Rough news for the Warriors as Stephen Curry (ankle) is now expected to be out indefinitely, according to Mercury News' Marcus Thompson II.
Warriors point guard Stephen Curry is out indefinitely after spraining his right ankle...
...'It was really a freak injury,' Warriors coach Mark Jackson said before Wednesday night's game against Miami. 'We don't do much in shootaround -- (he was) just chasing after a loose rebound. It's unfortunate. We will shut him down. He'll get treatment, and we'll see where he goes.'...
...X-rays came back negative. His return will be based on how his right ankle progresses, a Warriors official said.
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UPDATE: Wednesday, Jan. 16 at 9:13 p.m. ET by Austin Green
Stephen Curry will miss tonight's game against the Miami Heat, according to Marcus Thompson of the Bay Area News Group.
Curry's x-ray is negative. He is out tonight and hisreturn will be based on his progress— Marcus Thompson (@gswscribe) January 17, 2013
The game tips off at 10:30 p.m. ET.
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According to ESPN's Brian Windhorst, Curry re-aggravated the injury and is now a game-time decision for the Warriors' clash against the Miami Heat on Wednesday:
Stephen Curry re-aggravated right ankle injury this morning. He's a gametime decision against Heat tonight.— Brian Windhorst (@WindhorstESPN) January 16, 2013
UPDATE: Wednesday, Jan. 16 at 8:40 p.m. ET by Ryan Rudnansky
The X-rays on Stephen Curry's right ankle came back negative and he will be a game-time decision before Wednesday's clash with the Miami Heat, according to Scott Howard-Cooper of NBA.com.
Howard-Cooper tweeted on Wednesday:
X-rays on Stephen Curry's right ankle -- the one that gave him so much trouble last season -- come back negative. Game-time decision tonight— Scott Howard-Cooper (@SHowardCooper) January 17, 2013
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If Curry has to miss Wednesday night's game, that's obviously a critical blow to Golden State's hopes for a victory. Though Wednesday's game will be played at home at Oracle Arena, it's hard to fathom the Warriors defeating the defending NBA champions without their best player.
Even more disconcerting is that the possible long-term consequences could be much worse. Assumed to be an afterthought before the season, Golden State has ascended to unforeseen heights and is fifth in the Western Conference with a 23-13 record coming into Wednesday.
The 24-year-old guard leads the team with 20.5 points and 6.6 assists per game, both career highs, and has stepped into a noticeable leadership role this season.
Any long-term absence for Curry would undoubtedly leave Golden State in dire straits—and that cannot be discounted considering his injury history. The former Davidson star played in just 26 games of last season's lockout-shortened regular season due to ankle problems.
Curry also suffered another sprain in October that cut his preseason short and left many wondering whether he could get through the 2012-13 campaign healthy.
With this injury, it seems like the answer to that is no. Be sure to check back in as we give you the latest updates on Curry's injury and suspected return date.