Stephen Curry is not headed to the sideline for an extended stay, much less to the surgeon. He rolled his left ankle, had it examined and the results suggest he could play as early as Friday.
So Dub Nation exhales, at least for the moment. Curry and the Warriors managed to avoid catastrophe.
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But the anxiety between the moment Curry limped into the locker room Wednesday night in Minneapolis and the results of the MRI test Thursday morning serve as a reminder that Curry's vulnerabilities are never far away.
After a soaring drive to the basket, Curry's left ankle landed on the foot of Timberwolves forward Kevin Love, then turned inward before the point guard landed on the floor. He was done for the night, thus generating momentum toward the doom scenario in which the Warriors are forced to proceed without him.
The test supported Curry's initial belief, that this was not a serious issue and he probably would not miss a game. He sustained a bone bruise. The Warriors are listing him as day to day, meaning there is a good chance he could play Friday at San Antonio.
Curry rolled the same ankle during the playoffs last year and continued to play, if slightly hobbled. There was some pain but no injury. It's the other ankle, the right ankle, which has undergone at least two surgeries and has cost him most of the 2011-12 season.
In short, the Warriors by all appearances dodged a bullet – for now.
Curry is a great player, tougher than perceived, but his thin lower body suggests the greatest challenge of his career is not challenging defenses in ways that result in free throws, or becoming a better ball-handler, but simply dodging aches and injuries to his legs, ankles and feet.
This is going to happen again, repeatedly, and the Warriors can only hope to be as lucky as they were Wednesday night.