UPDATE: Saturday, Feb. 2, at 10:00 p.m. ET by Rob Goldberg
The Warriors finally got some good news as it appears that Stephen Curry is healthy enough to play against the Phoenix Suns.
Marcus Thompson of the Bay Area News Group reported on Twitter that the guard will start on Saturday night:
Warriors point guard Stephen Curry WILL play tonight— Marcus Thompson (@gswscribe) February 3, 2013
Curry missed the last two games, but it seems like the ankle injury is behind him.
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UPDATE: Thursday, Jan. 31, at 8:57 p.m. ET by Tyler Conway
The Warriors will once again have to send Jarrett Jack from the bench into the starting lineup, as Curry will miss Thursday night's clash against the Dallas Mavericks, per the San Francisco Chronicle's Rusty Simmons:
As expected, Stephen Curry (ankle) will not play tonight vs. Dallas. Jarrett Jack will start for the Warriors at point guard.— Rusty Simmons (@Rusty_SFChron) February 1, 2013
This will be Curry's second straight missed game, with the first being Tuesday night against the Cleveland Cavaliers. Jack put up 26 points and 12 assists against Cleveland, a feat the Warriors certainly hope will happen again Thursday.
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UPDATE: Tuesday, Jan. 29, at 5:39 p.m. ET by Tyler Conway
As most expected, Curry (along with forward Harrison Barnes) will sit out Tuesday night's game against the Cleveland Cavaliers, according to Fox Sports' Sam Amico:
Stephen Curry & Harrison Barnes will not play for Warriors vs Cavs. Nor will Andrew Bogut."I'm questionable too," Mark Jackson joked.— Sam Amico (@SamAmicoFSO) January 29, 2013
Though Curry's injury isn't considered debilitating, his history of ankle problems undoubtedly have the Warriors playing it as safe as humanly possible. With a struggling team like the Cavs on tap, Tuesday seems like a logical night to rest the star guard.
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UPDATE: Tuesday, Jan. 22, at 12:50 p.m. ET by Adam Wells
According to Mary Schmitt Boyer and Jodie Valade of the Cleveland Plain Dealer, Curry's ankle injury has left him questionable for Tuesday night's game against the Cavaliers.
Golden State's Curry (ankle) is questionable tonight and Bogut will not play in the second night of a back-to-back (ankle rehab) vs#Cavs— M.S. Boyer/J. Valade (@PDcavsinsider) January 29, 2013
Curry has played a huge role in the surprising start for the Warriors this season. Hearing that he is questionable does provide some hope for the team that this won't be a lingering issue, though he can't miss a lot of time for this team to stay as hot as it has been.
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Curry stepped on a foot as he drove to the basket and tweaked the ankle. At the time of the injury, Curry had 17 points, five assists and a rebound in 26 minutes. He was shooting 7-of-12 from the floor, including 1-of-3 from three.
The Bay Area News Group's Marcus Thompson provided a serious of tweets about the injury:
Curry has his shoe off on the baseline, getting examined. He is strapping the brace back on his right ankle— Marcus Thompson (@gswscribe) January 29, 2013
Warriors official said its uncertain whether Curry will return. Mild sprain— Marcus Thompson (@gswscribe) January 29, 2013
Curry officially will not return, Warriors say— Marcus Thompson (@gswscribe) January 29, 2013
The injury is worrisome for Warriors fans, as Curry has had his fair share of ankle injuries in the past, most recently January 16. A significant or lingering injury could leave Curry's status in question, and how long he's out or how much the injury impacts his play could have a big effect on the Warriors' playoff hopes.
The injury comes on the same night that teammate Andrew Bogut finally returned from an ankle injury of his own after logging just four games on the season.
Curry has been playing great basketball and has been a big factor in the Warriors' surprising success this season. He came into the game averaging 21 points, 6.5 assists and 4.0 rebounds per game, and was largely considered a worthy All-Star candidate by many, but was left off the roster.
The Warriors will certainly have trouble replacing the star point guard. Backup point guard Jarrett Jack has been good coming off the bench (28.7 minutes per game) thus far, but his ability to handle big-time minutes as the floor general remains to be seen.