The Golden State Warriors have been nearly unbeatable this season, posting the best record in the Association at 33-2. The driving factor behind that success is point guard Steph Curry. Last night in what appeared to be a routine play, Curry’s shin made contact with Roy Hibbert’s leg, which gave the reigning MVP a limp, aggravating a previous injury that caused him to miss two games last week.
Curry ended up with 17 points in 26 minutes, on 6 of 13 shooting, sitting out in the fourth quarter. He told ESPN’s Ethan Sherwood Strauss that unless the shin contusion injury gets worse, he plans on playing through it.
“It’s just frustrating and annoying and any other adjective you want to throw in there,” Curry said after the Warriors beat the Lakers to improve to 33-2, the best 35-game start in NBA history. “Long-term, it’s not something that I’ll have to worry about. It’s just playing through an injury that’s there. It doesn’t get worse if I play on it, unless I get kicked, and that’s happened three times since I did it, so hopefully it won’t keep happening again.”
Curry said it will take four weeks to completely heal the swelling and contusion, "but I'm not sitting out four weeks."
— Rusty Simmons (@Rusty_SFChron) January 6, 2016
That’s the gamer in Curry talking. He won’t miss action unless he absolutely has to. It won’t happen, but it would make sense for the Warriors to give Curry some time off since they’re so far ahead of everyone else in the standings, and are likely capable of playing decent basketball without him – but I wouldn’t want to be the guy who tells Curry he has to sit out.
Cury can rest for a little bit as Golden State is off until Friday when they face the Portland Trail Blazers in Rip City.