Stephen Curry, the reigning two-time league MVP, is likely praying through a few injuries in the ongoing NBA Finals and would require a surgery or two in the offseason, according to several sources.
Popular analyst Stephen A Smith has speculated that Curry is playing through a lot of pain. “I don’t know if it is the knee or the ankle or the shoulder, but there are plenty of rumors that Curry is hurt. He is expected to have at least one or two surgeries in the summer,” Smith told ESPN First Take on Tuesday.
Stephen Curry hiding injuries?
Warriors coach Steve Kerr has repeatedly downplayed the rumors, suggesting that Curry is totally fit. “We’ll find out after the NBA Finals that his (Curry’s) health is compromised to some degree. He’s not going to acknowledge it (an injury) because he doesn’t want to leave room for excuses. But I don’t think he’s himself health-wise,” added Smith.
Skip Bayless also chimed in: “I am guessing he’s going to need some sort of clean-up surgery on a knee, maybe an elbow and very probably a shoulder.”
There’s no denying that Curry has looked like a shadow of his great self in the finals. Besides shooting less than 50 per cent in four of the first five games, he’s been unable to keep pace with Kyrie Irving. In fact, Irving has comfortable outplayed the reigning two-time MVP.
Stephen Curry visits orthopedist
On Sunday, Mark Heisler of The Daily News reported that Curry could need shoulder surgery in the summer. “He’s hurting … even more than he acknowledged last week while withdrawing from the U.S. Olympic team. It’s not just the ankle and the knee that he sprained, sidelining him for six games in the first two rounds.
“A source says Curry consulted an orthopedist in Southern California. Steph’s MRI showed issues with both shoulders as well as his knees, some of which may require surgery this summer,” Heisler reported on Sunday.
Curry, testament to his sportsmanship, has repeatedly denied the rumors. On Sunday, while wearing a big ice pack on his left shoulder, Curry said it’s just “bumps and bruises.’’
Multiple injuries in the playoffs…
In April, 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.
Barely a week before that knee injury, Curry tweaked his right ankle in the first quarter of Game 1 and subsequently missed the next two games. Curry has made a career out of recovering from injuries. Perhaps the list of injuries are finally taking their toll on the Warriors superstar?
The NBA Finals return to Cleveland for Game 5 on Thursday.