Stephen Curry, the reigning MVP, aggravated his left shin contusion again Tuesday during the crushing victory over Los Angeles Lakers, but expects to play through the pain in the forthcoming games.
Midway through the third quarter of Tuesday’s game, Curry’s shin made contact with Roy Hibbert’s leg when the Warriors guard attempted a layup over the Lakers center. After the impact, Curry was seen limping before the Warriors trainer treated his leg. Fortunately, Curry returned to the floor before checking out for good in the fourth quarter with Warriors leading by 30.
Curry brushed aside worries that the recurring injury could cause him to miss crucial games down the stretch. “It’s just frustrating and annoying and any other adjective you want to throw in there. In the long run, it’s not something that I’ll have to worry about. It’s just about playing through an injury. It does not get worse if I play on it, unless I get kicked, and that’s happened thrice since I did it, so hopefully it won’t keep happening again,” said Curry, who led Warriors (33-2) to the best 35-match start in NBA history.
Curry has averaged 29 minutes per game since returning against the Charlotte Hornets on Monday. Are his minutes going to be further curbed? “I wasn’t going to put him (Curry) back out there at first, but he was pretty adamant about it,” Golden State Warriors interim coach Luke Walton said about his star player’s insistence to play through pain.
Walton said Curry’s resistance to pain was comparable to Kobe Bryant. “I played with a guy like that,” said Walton, who had won the 2010 NBA title with Bryant and the Los Angeles Lakers.
Curry initially suffered the injury December 28 against the Sacramento Kings. The reigning MVP expects to battle through the pain for another four weeks, at the least. “It will be a while (before I’m fully healed), like (at least) four weeks. I’m not going to sit out four weeks, so just got to figure out how to protect it while I’m out on the floor and keep playing. We’ve done a good amount and just had a couple unlucky plays, and we’ll keep addressing it.”