Just as it seemed Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry would miss his second consecutive outing after suffering an ankle injury in the team’s Game 1 win over the Houston Rockets over the weekend, he might be back sooner than most expected.
According to the Bay Area News Group’s Diamond Leung, Curry participated in shootaround Thursday morning:
Stephen Curry went through shootaround
— Diamond Leung (@diamond83) April 21, 2016
By no means does this guarantee that the reigning NBA MVP will be a go when the Warriors look to take a commanding 3-0 series lead against the Rockets in Houston Thursday night, but it most definitely is a step in the right direction for the league’s best player.
Curry himself didn’t seem too optimistic about his availability for Game 3 when speaking to the media on Wednesday:
Stephen Curry: "Based on how I feel right now, I shouldn't play. That could change tomorrow."
— Marcus Thompson (@ThompsonScribe) April 20, 2016
But as most of us who have suffered ankle injuries in the past know, things can change in a heartbeat.
It’s also important to note that the likely two-time MVP did not participate in shootaround ahead of Monday’s Game 2 outing, instead receiving treatment on his ankle.
Curry underwent an MRI on his injured ankle Tuesday, but that test revealed nothing of substance — a clear indication that the injury isn’t severe.
Still, the Warriors have to take into account the situation they are in right now. Up 2-0 against an inferior Rockets team, does it make sense to risk further injury to Curry with what appears to be a long playoff season ahead of them?