Updates from Thursday, March 6
Rusty Simmons of The San Francisco Chronicle provides the latest update on Steph Curry's status for Friday night's game against the Atlanta Hawks:
The Warriors expect Steph Curry to play tomorrow vs. Atlanta and say he didn't require further examination on his "sore right leg" Thursday.— Rusty Simmons (@Rusty_SFChron) March 6, 2014
Rusty Simmons of the San Francisco Chronicle reported the news of Curry's ailment, which occurred after the Warriors had already built a sizable lead at TD Garden:
Stephen Curry has right leg soreness, according to the Warriors, and his return is questionable.— Rusty Simmons (@Rusty_SFChron) March 6, 2014
Simmons provided an update after the game:
Mark Jackson said Stephen Curry wanted to stay in the game and could have with his "right leg soreness."— Rusty Simmons (@Rusty_SFChron) March 6, 2014
Steph Curry wouldn't elaborate on his injury other than "some troubles with my right leg." He pulled a sleeve over his knee before leaving.— Rusty Simmons (@Rusty_SFChron) March 6, 2014
Even though he's added strength in recent years, the 25-year-old star still sports a rather slender frame and gets banged up quite a bit.
Before leaving the floor, Curry had logged 22 minutes and scored 14 points to go with three rebounds, four assists and a steal. Turnovers have been a bit of a problem for Curry this season, yet he didn't have one in leading a strong Golden State offensive push, even in matching up with Celtics star Rajon Rondo.
Chris Mannix of Sports Illustrated decried Boston for how easily the home team allowed the Warriors to get to the rim, implying their effort just wasn't there:
Total lack of effort tonight by Boston. Warriors--at the end of six-game trip, playing second in two--have 48 points in paint through three— Chris Mannix (@ChrisMannixSI) March 6, 2014
Hard to argue given those numbers, along with the physical grind the Warriors' recent schedule has dictated. That could also be a contributing factor to Curry's right leg soreness.
Curry is such an integral part of what Golden State does, and this seems like a rather minor injury. At least that's the hope, because any chance the Warriors have of contending for a championship in the playoffs rests on Curry's playmaking ability and the excitement he ignites in his teammates and fans alike.