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Golden State Warriors Thrive With Healthy Stephen Curry

Cary Edmondson-USA TODAY Sports

A healthy Stephen Curry means a healthy Golden State Warriors basketball team.

Curry is as gritty of a player as there is in the NBA. He’s hungry to be on the court and doesn’t believe in taking time off.

He missed two games for Golden State with a nagging ankle injury and was chomping at the bit to come back to the lineup. He did a nice sales job to coach Mark Jackson who wisely was cautious. After all, why mess up a player like Stephen Curry for the rest of the season?

Jackson heard Curry’s plea on Saturday to play against the Phoenix Suns and because the schedule is going to be crushing for the Warriors in upcoming weeks, Jackson was skeptical.

Against the Suns, Curry was the game-high leader with 29 points and had eight assists in a 113-93 win. He made Jackson’s decision to put him in the lineup a good one.

Sprained ankles aren’t anything to monkey around with in the NBA. Curry had hurt the ankle in mid-January and played in a  116-112 win over the New Orleans Hornets. He was 5-of-17, indicating he wasn’t ready to come back. But against New Orleans, Curry got off to a slow start but found the touch in the second half going 7-of-12 from the floor and 4-of-5 in 3-pointers. For the game, he played 42 minutes. That is truly the sign of a gutsy NBA player.

It appears Curry is ready to come back, but obviously the Warriors and Jackson have to keep a key eye on that ankle. If he hurts himself again and misses some games, his team is definitely in trouble.