Stephen Curry leaves Pelicans game with ankle injury (VIDEO)

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The Golden State Warriors are no stranger to playing without star Stephen Curry. Still, the fact that Curry rolled his ankle in a game against the New Orleans Pelicans on Tuesday night has to have Warriors fans biting their fingernails.

Curry appeared to crumple to the ground during a play in the first quarter against the Pelicans despite nobody having touched him. The Warriors announced that Curry would not return to the game, and that he would be held out for precautionary measures.

For what it’s worth, Golden State head coach Steve Kerr said that he expected Curry to be back for the first game of the playoffs, which start this weekend.

The Warriors did without a full-strength Curry throughout the entirety of the 2016 NBA playoffs, culminating in a loss in the NBA Finals to the Cleveland Cavaliers and LeBron James.

Curry has a history of ankle injuries, but he has been able to manage them throughout a large portion of his career. This might be the last time Golden State has a dominant advantage over the rest of the league if Kevin Durant leaves this offseason. No doubt they will need Curry for a Finals push.