The Golden State Warriors dodged a bullet after a nasty ankle injury to Stephen Curry that looked worse that it really is.
The two-time MVP sustained the injury with one minute left in the win against the New Orleans Pelicans on a score of 125-115. He tried to go for a steal and got tangled instead with E’Twaun Moore. Fans assumed the worst when he left the arena in boots and crutches.
Curry has a history of ankle problems, which is why nobody risked giving him a long-term contract at the start of his career.
Talking to ESPN, Curry admitted that trying to go for a steal in that situation “was a dumb play.”
“I got caught on E’Twaun’s shoe as I went by him and couldn’t catch myself,” he said. “So obviously it hurt, but wanted to kind of get back here, get ice on it and get the rehab process started as soon as possible.”
The good news is that the MRI showed no structural damage to the injured ankle, which means he doesn’t require surgery. According to The Vertical’s Shams Charania, “Warriors All-Star Stephen Curry’s MRI result revealed no structural damage on injured right ankle, but significant swelling and no return timetable.”
The Warriors Twitter account, meanwhile, announced that the MRI right after the game against the New Orleans came back with negative results. “The MRI indicated that the ankle is stable and structurally intact,” it said. “He will be re-evaluated in two weeks.”
At 19-6 record, the Warriors are second in the Western Conference, trailing only the Houston Rockets.
Curry is averaging 26.5 points, 6.6 assists and 5.1 rebounds this season. Losing the point guard will hurt but they will likely ward off any challenge because they are just that good. They still have MVP Kevin Durant, Klay Thompson and the Swiss Army of forwards, Draymond Green.