Stephen Curry, the reigning league MVP, is set to return to the court soon after suffering a Grade A MCL sprain last weekend. According to Curry, things could have been entirely different if the point guard wasn’t “protected by angels”.
Last Sunday, Curry slipped on a wet spot on the court and hyperextended his knee before limping off the court during Game 4 of the first round playoff series against the Houston Rockets. At that stage, taking into account his history with knee and ankle injuries, most reckoned that Curry’s season had prematurely ended. In fact, teammate Draymond Green revealed that Curry couldn’t stop crying in the team huddle.
What did Curry do? He rushed backstage and joined a group of friends for a prayer session. It’s safe to say that most athletes would have fled home to rest the banged up knee. Curry, a man of strong faith, wanted his prayers to be heard. He knew that everything else was irrelevant.
Stephen Curry: I am blessed
A little over 24 hours later, Curry’s positive MRI report and injuries to Los Angeles Clippers stars Chris Paul and Blake Griffin meant the Warriors had an easier path to the Western Conference Finals. Did Curry’s prayers have something to do with it? Granted that Curry and his friends didn’t pray for injuries to opponents, but the Warriors would have struggled to beat a fully fit Clippers squad.
”I just feel really blessed to have gotten out of that situation with only an MCL sprain,” a relieved Curry said Friday. ”That could have been 10 times worse. I had some angels protecting me and keeping me light on my feet so I didn’t put all that jerk and pressure on my knee and something catastrophic happened. That’s why I’ve been real optimistic and just kind of joyful about the situation knowing I’ll be back on the floor and joining my teammates soon,” added Curry, before ruing the injuries to Paul and Griffin, whose dreams of winning the title came crashing down.
Stephen Curry resumes light shooting
On Sunday, Curry revealed that he had resumed light shooting without movement on his knee, in an attempt to be ready for Game 3 of the Warriors’ semifinal series against Portland. “To me they’re pretty good (chances to play Game 3) so I’ll do anything I can this week to make that happen,” Curry told ESPN’s Lisa Salters in a sideline interview during Golden State’s Game 1 victory.
After Curry’s MRI last Monday, Warriors GM Bob Myers estimated a recovery period of two weeks. It’s been only a week and Curry is gunning to get back out there. “I’m doing a lot more rehab-wise, trying to test my body out a little bit. I’m looking forward to getting back on the court, maybe a practice setting and see how it feels. I’m gotten pretty much my full range of motion back. It’s still painful but for the most part I can get on my feet and try to do basketball activities that will get me back into the playoff atmosphere,” Curry told Salters during Sunday’s interview.
Stephen Curry has made a career out of recovering from injuries. It’s little wonder that the point guard has forged a close relationship with Jesus Christ, his lord and savior, besides overcoming obstacles through hard work and unwavering faith in God.