The Golden State Warriors are 4-1 and already look like a powerhouse in the Western Conference. Why? Well, the play of point guard Stephen Curry has been downright phenomenal. The fourth year guard is looking virtually unstoppable in all aspects of his game, and could wind up in the MVP race once we begin that debate.
Curry has averaged 18.6 points, 9.2 assists, 3.8 rebounds, 1.6 steals and is shooting the ball at 50 percent from the field — including over 46 percent from three point range.
It is for this reason that Curry should not play Friday against the San Antonio Spurs, just a couple of days after suffering an ankle bruise.
In a win over the Minnesota Timberwolves, Curry was tangled up with point guard Rick Rubio and came up walking slowly, looking to be in a lot of pain and the tender area seemed to be his left ankle. An MRI revealed no break, but just a bruise.
Sure, it’s just a bruise. But, something like this early in the season needs to be taken care of completely before he moves on and continues playing. I understand, the season just started and with the fresh faces on board this team is a blast to watch, and obviously way more fun to play for if you’re Curry.
But, in the long run, playing on Friday could hurt him. He can’t risk further injuring that ankle if it is not completely healed up by then. If he’s smart, he’ll sit the game out and realize that it’s still very early on in the year — this would be the better move to make.
Now, Curry has said he will “probably” play Friday. We’ll see what happens. By all means, I hope he’s healed up and has his best game of the year. But, again, I believe he’d do himself a favor by sitting this one out.