Early on in his NBA career, Steph Curry sustained a series of ankle injuries that kept him on the sidelines and made a lot of NBA fans question whether or not he was built to play in the league. Since then, he has put everyone’s worries to bed by avoiding ankle injuries for the most part, but on Monday night, he suffered one that looks like it could prevent him from playing for awhile.
Towards the end of the fourth quarter of the Warriors’ road game against the Pelicans, with Golden State leading comfortably by 10, Curry stepped on New Orleans guard E’Twaun Moore’s foot and rolled his right ankle in the process. He hobbled his way back up the court and tried to stay in the game, but he was unable to do it. He checked out, ran right back to the locker room, and was evaluated. The good news was that X-rays on Curry's ankle were negative, but the bad news was that his foot was placed into a walking boot immediately and he was spotted leaving Smoothie King Center on crutches.
Curry spoke briefly about his ankle injury following the game. He acknowledged that it’s been quite some time now since he’s been forced to deal with an ankle issue, and he stated the obvious by referring to the injury as a "sucky situation."
"I haven’t done that one in awhile," Curry said. "Sprained my ankle. See how it feels tomorrow and kind of go from there. Obviously a sucky situation, but I’ll be back."
Curry also talked about the play that he hurt his ankle on and called it "dumb."
"It was a dumb play because I tried to go for a steal," he said. "And then obviously it was just a bang-bang [play]. I got caught on E’Twaun’s shoe as I went by him and couldn’t catch myself. So obviously it hurt, but wanted to kind of get back here, get ice on it, and get the rehab process started as soon as possible."
Curry did his best to downplay the severity of the injury. He said he fully expects to wake up sore on Tuesday morning with swelling. He also said he’s hoping the injury won’t keep him out long.
"All things considered, I should—knowing I’ve been through this before on this ankle and knowing the surgical repairs from like five, six years ago are fine—I should be able to bounce back," he said.
But NBA fans were obviously concerned after seeing Curry go down with an ankle injury of all things. Reactions came pouring in shortly after Curry sustained the nasty injury.
The Warriors are set to take on the Hornets in Charlotte on Wednesday night, which is always a big game for Curry since he’s from North Carolina. They will also visit the Pistons in Detroit on Friday night before returning home next Monday for a matchup with the Trail Blazers. No word yet on how quickly Curry will be able to "bounce back."