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The ankle has to be a concern.
There is too much riding on the vulnerable right ankle of Stephen Curry for the Golden State Warriors not to be at least somewhat troubled by the recent injury scares.
Curry rolled his ankle in the third quarter of Monday night’s game in Toronto, causing the guard to sit for the remainder of the game.
This is now the second sprain to the ankle in two weeks.
Curry is considered day-to-day with a mild sprain for tonight’s game at the Cleveland Cavaliers, the final game of the team’s four-game road trip.
A decision on whether or not Curry will play tonight in Cleveland likely won’t be made until near game time. The decision to place him back on the court after the mid-January sprain took place during shootaround in New Orleans.
“It feels alright, same situation I just stepped on someone’s foot and have to see how it responds tomorrow,” Curry said on Monday after the win in Toronto.
Golden State coach Mark Jackson didn’t seem too concerned after the game, citing cautiousness as the only reason to hold him out. He used the same language after his star rolled his ankle two weeks ago.
“We’ll find out tomorrow but we just wanted to be smart,” Jackson said after Monday’s game. “I sent (assistant coach) Pete Myers in the hallway to look at him run and there was no need to put him back out there.
“I just wanted to make sure he was healthy and give an opportunity to know what we’re dealing with. He wanted to get back in the game, but I’ve got more interest in his future and our future.”
Considering how invaluable Curry is to his team, you’d think there would be more fear surrounding the ankle than either Curry or Jackson is letting on.
The 24-year-old’s right ankle has received two separate offseason surgeries, one in May of 2011 and then again last April. The first surgery was to repair ligaments while the second surgery was arthroscopic, to clean out loose debris and scar tissue.
As their star goes, so does the team. The Warriors lost both games, given they were losses to the Miami Heat and San Antonio Spurs, when Curry sat with the injury on Jan. 16 and 18.
Curry is averaging 21 points and 6.4 assists per game this season, the best numbers of his now four-year career.
Bogut not likely to play today
Andrew Bogut played Monday for the first time since early November and scored 12 points while adding eight rebounds and four blocks in 24 minutes.
Bogut said he is not likely to play tonight, as it’s the second half of a back-to-back.
Jackson said Bogut’s conditioning is where it needs to be but the coach will be smart about the amount of minutes his center plays.
With the return of their center, the Warriors scored 62 points in the paint against the Raptors and outrebounded Toronto 49-37.
Bogut’s arrival means more help in the frontcourt for Golden State’s All-Star, David Lee.
Following the win on Monday, Lee was asked how his offensive game is helped by Bogut’s presence:
“As we go on, our high-low game is going to be very effective,” Lee said. “Just because it’s hard for teams to help in on that high-low because you’ve got such good shooters on the wing. It is going to create some more problems for other team’s defenses.
“First and foremost, Andrew’s (Bogut) contribution is that he anchors our defense and I felt like I became a better defender tonight because he is constantly talking to me, and constantly rotating to get my back and vice-versa.”