Stephen Curry, the Golden State Warriors superstar, is highly unlikely to take the court for Game 2 of the first round playoff series against the Houston Rockets on Monday.
Curry suffered the injury during the second quarter on Game 1 after rolling his right ankle. And while Curry was not needed to return during the blowout victory on Saturday, the reigning MVP is very essential to Golden State’s fortunes for the remainder of the playoffs.
In fact, many pundits reckon “the Warriors go as far as Curry will take them.” Warriors’ history-making offense schemes go through Curry and the absence of the star point guard could give opponents the edge.
During the regular season, the 73-9 Warriors went 2-1 in the three games missed by Curry. Despite being listed “questionable” in the official team sheet, Curry was present during Sunday’s practice session at the Oracle Arena. Though he didn’t participate in scrimmages and shootarounds, Curry got his ankle treated before arriving at the practice facility without a visible limp.
Stephen Curry, a risk not worth taking…
Steve Kerr, the Warriors coach, doesn’t want to take any chances. “He’s questionable. He didn’t practice today. He’s getting treatment. We’ll have an update tomorrow. He’s doing a little better than yesterday. Again, he’ll get treatment today, get some rest, get off his feet, and do the same thing tomorrow at shootaround and see how he’s feeling,” Kerr said after Sunday’s practice session.
Kerr acknowledged that his team depends a lot on Curry for their success. “Kind of changes things (when Steph isn’t around). We don’t seem to be as good of a coaching staff when Steph goes out. I don’t know why. Steph missed three or four games this year. We did fine. We’ve got to find different ways to score, but we’ll prepare for that and see what happens.”
Livingston to start…
Shaun Livingston, Curry’s able back-up, is most likely to start on Monday. Meanwhile, Warriors center Andrew Bogut is just as sceptical as Kerr. “I’m not sure at this point. He’s (Curry) still banged up, still rehabbing yesterday. You know Steph’s competitive and wants to play every game he can, but I think we’re in a position where we’ll probably be smart, as Coach Kerr said.”
Since Game 3 of the series isn’t until Thursday, Stephen Curry will get an extended layoff before the team flies to Houston. In hindsight, that could help Curry get closer to 100 per cent fitness. “We always factor (the schedule). One way to look at it is if we don’t play him, that’s … four (days) in between. Again, we’ll reassess tomorrow,” concluded Kerr.