Any time you see Stephen Curry leave a game with an ankle injury, as he did Saturday night in the fourth quarter of the Warriors’ win over the Wizards, there’s going to be cause for concern.
Those types of injuries have plagued Curry over the early part of his career, but thankfully, this one doesn’t appear to be as serious.
You can see this one unfold at about the 1:30 mark of the video clip above. As Curry gets out on the fast break, he’s grabbed by Cartier Martin. This causes Curry to come down on his right ankle, which twists underneath him before he falls to the court. Curry stayed in the game just long enough to shoot his free throws, before the Warriors took a foul to get him out of the game and into the locker room for evaluation.
This was a dangerous defensive play by Martin, because there was really no reason to grab Curry the way that he did. The Wizards had another defender back behind the play, and anytime you unnaturally stop an offensive player in this way, it only increases the possibility of an injury.
Curry did not return to the game, but he had already done enough damage to the Wizards. He finished with 35 points on 13-18 shooting, to go along with eight assists, and didn’t seem too concerned with the injury afterward.
“I’m fine. Don’t worry about my ankle, I’ll get through it like I usually do,” he said, via CSN Bay Area. “I just have to get my treatment and get ready for Monday.”
NEW YORK (AP) — Former NBA point guard Jason Williams will miss six to eight months after suffering a knee injury in the opening game of the Big3.
Corey Maggette, also injured in the opening week of Ice Cube’s 3-on-3 league of former NBA players, had surgery for a leg injury. There is no timetable for his return.
The injuries were announced Wednesday during a conference call with Cube and Big3 co-founder Jeff Kwatinetz, who also detailed a couple rules changes starting with this weekend’s game in Charlotte, North Carolina.
Games will be played to 50 points, instead of 60, with halftime coming when the first team reaches 25 points. Cube said that would help the four games per day move more quickly.
Phil Jackson’s exit is already opening doors for the Knicks.
No position differs more in the triangle from modern spread NBA offenses than point guard. But without Jackson demanding his point guard fit such a narrow profile, New York can pursue greater talents – like Jeff Teague.
Ian Begley of ESPN:
With Phil Jackson out and the triangle de-emphasized, the Knicks, under general manager Steve Mills, have interest in free agent point guard Jeff Teague, league sources told ESPN. League sources say the interest in Teague is mutual.
The Knicks aren’t as desperate at point guard after drafting Frank Ntilikina, but Ntilikina probably isn’t ready to run an offense full-time yet. Teague could be a stopgap – which might be necessary considering New York can’t easily pivot into rebuilding with Carmelo Anthony, Joakim Noah and Courtney Lee locked up.
Teague’s future with the Pacers appears uncertain with Paul George on the trade block. A key part of Larry Bird’s retooling last summer, Teague and Indiana might be headed in different directions now.
The Knicks make as much sense as anywhere for Teague – now that Jackson is gone.
The Rockets and Clippers both turned aggressive with today’s Chris Paul trade.
Houston is making a bold attempt to overtake the Warriors (a plan that could include other big moves). The Clippers are launching into rebuilding.
Kurt Helin breaks down what it means for both teams.
The Knicks did well to part ways with Phil Jackson, but where does New York go from here?
Masai Ujiri? David Griffin? Someone else?
Kurt Helin breaks down Jim Dolan’s options – and the approach the Knicks owner should take.