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Stephen Curry Wears Shin Guard to Protect Leg Injury

Golden State Warriors' Stephen Curry during  an NBA basketball game against the Charlotte Hornets Monday, Jan. 4, 2016, in Oakland, Calif. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)
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Alec NathanFeatured ColumnistJanuary 8, 2016

Golden State Warriors point guard Stephen Curry vowed he was going to find a way to play through a shin bruise, and he's enlisting the help of some unique protective gear to do so. 

According to ESPN.com's Ethan Sherwood Strauss, Curry is slated to don soccer-style shin guards Friday night against the Portland Trail Blazers as a preventative measure.

"I've got to bring out my Messi mindset tonight, so we'll see," Curry said, per Strauss. 

According to Diamond Leung of the Bay Area News Group, the reigning NBA MVP will sport Pro-S Elite shin guards from the company G-Form when he hits the floor.

Strauss offered a look at Curry warming up with the protective padding on: 

"I don’t want to look like a football player out there with pads, but also, I want one that will protect me enough," Curry said, per the San Francisco Chronicle's Rusty Simmons.

Curry missed back-to-back games against the Dallas Mavericks and Houston Rockets on Dec. 30 and Dec. 31 with a lower-leg injury before the shin injury cropped up in his return Jan. 2 against the Denver Nuggets.

Curry exited the three-point win early, but he returned two days later and dropped 30 points in a 111-101 victory over the Charlotte Hornets. However, the shin injury dogged Curry again in Tuesday night's win over the Los Angeles Lakers after a collision with Lakers center Roy Hibbert.

Curry's capable of playing through the bruise, but it will be fascinating to see how he deals with the new pieces of protective equipment.

Since Curry's quickness allows him to torch defenders off the dribble and dart around screens for open three-pointers, the potential for even a brief disruption Friday night is worth watching. 

But even if Curry does have trouble adjusting, he can take comfort in knowing the Warriors' upcoming schedule could afford him some extra time to rest. Counting Friday's clash with the Blazers, four of Golden State's next five games are against teams with sub-.500 records.

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