The Golden State Warriors need to be extra-cautious when it comes to the health of their starting point guard Stephen Curry. Curry has experienced plenty of ankle issues throughout his basketball career, and whatever foot issue he suffered during a preseason matchup against the Sacramento Kings didn't at all help matters.
At this point, it's far from a certainty that Curry will be ready for action for the season-opener against the Los Angeles Clippers on Christmas night. Tim Kawakami of the San Jose Mercury News reports.
Stephen Curry was present at practice but did not participate and isn’t sure if he’ll play in the Christmas night opener vs. the Clippers.
He said he feels better than yesterday, and felt better yesterday than the night before that, and hopes to be ready for the Sunday opener.
But Curry also allowed that he is not sure when he’ll be back on the practice floor, let alone ready for a game, and that he absolutely doesn’t want to repeat last year’s stop-start cycle of ankle problems.
With Curry potentially being out, Golden State experiences a sharp downgrade in point guard. Charles Jenkins and Ish Smith are the backups, but neither has much experience handling major minutes. You'd expect Klay Thompson to handle a bit since Monta Ellis is locked in at the two spot, but Thompson is probably just as inexperienced.
Based on this news, Curry might be out for longer than just a game.
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