Stephen Curry Injury: Updates on Warriors Star's Leg and Return

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Stephen Curry Injury: Updates on Warriors Star's Leg and Return
Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports

Golden State Warriors point guard Stephen Curry left Jan. 5's game against the Los Angeles Lakers with a lower left leg injury. However, he's ready to return.

Continue for updates. 

Curry Active vs. Trail Blazers

Friday, Jan. 8

The Warriors announced, per Marc J. Spears of Yahoo Sports, that Curry will be available to play on Friday.

Ethan Sherwood Strauss of ESPN reported Curry will be "sporting soccer-style, plastic-coated shin guards."

Curry Comments on Injury

Wednesday, Jan. 6

Curry told reporters after Tuesday's win that the leg injury will take four weeks to completely heal, but he's "not sitting out four weeks."

Curry also noted, "It's not something I'll have to worry about long term."

Curry Injuries Only Hurdle in MVP Campaign

Curry has dealt with calf and shin injuries over the past week-plus, but indications were neither was particularly serious. The NBA's reigning MVP missed two games at the end of 2015 due to the calf ailment before he was forced to exit the Warriors' Jan. 2 contest against the Denver Nuggets with a left shin contusion. He returned on Jan. 4 against the Charlotte Hornets. 

When healthy, Curry has been the league's most prolific scorer. Through 33 games, the Dubs' floor general is averaging 29.3 points, 6.3 assists, 5.3 rebounds and 2.2 steals on 51 percent shooting from the field and 44.5 percent shooting from three. 

Beyond Curry's ability to torch opponents from beyond the arc, he's invaluable to Golden State because of his ability to draw double-teams, whip passes around the floor and wreak havoc on drives with his tremendous court vision and soft touch

The Warriors are fortunate to have a steady backup in Shaun Livingston at the ready, but it's safe to say the 30-year-old isn't the dynamic playmaker Curry is. 

The team will be happy to have Curry back on the floor, but it has to hope he remains healthy and shakes this nagging injury.

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