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Warriors may shut down Stephen Curry, can look forward to questions about tanking if they do


Stephen Curry has had a hard time staying healthy. He’s tweaked his surgically repaired right ankle more times this season than we’d like to count, including in Phoenix back on Feb. 22, and most recently in a win over the Mavericks on March 10.

With the Warriors making the deal Tuesday that sent Monta Ellis and Ekpe Udoh to Milwaukee in exchange for an injured Andrew Bogut who isn’t likely to play this season, my man Matt Steinmetz of CSNBayArea.com says the team may considering shutting Curry down for the rest of the season to see if some rest can heal that ankle more permanently.

When Curry was asked about his status for the rest of the season, he responded: “I’m just trying to get healthy. I’m getting fed up with dealing with the same thing over and over again and trying to push through it and not being able to produce like I want to on the floor.

“That’s my main goal, to get healthy. What that means I’m not sure yet. I’ll continue to do my rehab and my treatment and listen to the (training) staff. I’m sure we’ll have a better idea what we’re going to do going forward later.”

Trading Monta Ellis and Ekpe Udoh – two starters – to the Bucks indicates that the Warriors have given up their pursuit of the playoffs. If that’s the case, it likely also makes sense for the Warriors to shut down Curry.

If the Warriors no longer have a legitimate shot at making the postseason, then it makes sense to take their time with Curry’s injury, and sitting him the rest of the season might even be the smart decision. But there is one other component to this, and it involves Golden State’s draft pick for 2012, and whether or not they get to use it.

The Warriors traded the rights to this year’s pick to New Jersey back in 2008, and the Nets flipped it to Utah last season in the Deron Williams deal. The pick is protected, and the Jazz only get it if the Warriors’ draft position is eighth or worse.

If Golden State should suddenly start to slide in the standings, and ends up as one of the seven worst teams in the league, their chances in the draft lottery would be pretty strong of getting to pick no lower than seventh — which would mean they’d get to keep that 2012 draft pick for themselves.

Curry’s injury history with that ankle is legitimate, of course, and it probably won’t be too difficult to find multiple medical professionals to sign off on the organization’s idea to sit him for the rest of the year. But questions of tanking are sure to arise if this is the course that Golden State decides to take — not only from crazed fans of the Utah Jazz, but maybe from some front office executives around the league, as well.

Curry gets a second opinion on ankle, nothing changes

Stephen Curry, Nicola Vucevic, Lou Williams, Jrue Holiday

So, it’s a sprain.

Stephen Curry has rolled his ankle three times this young season and is out a while to rest it. But since he had surgery on this same ankle, he decided to go back and have the surgeon — Dr. Bob Anderson — take a look at it.

Basically he saw what the team doctors saw, according to a team statement, via CSNBayArea.com.

“Following the examinations and consultations with both doctors, the diagnosis of Stephen’s injury remains a sprained right ankle with no structural damage. Stephen will continue to receive treatment and undergo rehabilitation therapy. He will be cleared to play whenever he is able to pass a functionality test on his right ankle.”

There you have it, an update that really isn’t an update.

Curry will sit and Nate Robinson will get more minutes. Which worked out pretty well for the Warriors Tuesday.

Stephen Curry clearly shaken by latest sprained ankle


For those of us watching at home, when Stephen Curry sprained his ankle on Wednesday night it looked like the two other times he did it in the last three weeks. Or all the times he did it last season when the issue lingered.

But it didn’t feel that way to Curry.

He was far more dejected about this one than previous situations, reports Matt Steinmetz at CSNBayArea.com.

Quite frankly, he was despondent. When he finally did speak, his words were little more than a whisper and it was clear he didn’t want to spend a lot of time talking about what had just occurred or what lay ahead.

“This is the worst it’s been,” Curry said about the pain. “I’m sure it has to do with the fact it’s the third time. It’s hard to say how it will react. … But it’s just Déjà vu again for me.”

Curry almost certainly will not play Friday against the Lakers and it would not be shocking to see him to be out for a couple weeks. This is an ankle he had surgery on this summer to tighten the ligaments, it needs time to really heal.

That may not be the answer, as Steinmentz notes he has had long rests before, like this summer, only to roll it soon after he returns.

The Warriors cannot think about the short term, about this season. Curry is potentially an anchor for a decade, a fan favorite — they need to think long term and solve this. Whatever it takes, however long it takes. A win against Utah Saturday is not what matters right now.