On Friday morning, Steph Curry was throwing down dunks while wearing a Kelenna Azubuike jersey. Awesome!
Hours later, he was returning from a six-game absence due to a right ankle injury. Great news!
In three quarters, Curry put up an easy 29 points in 25 minutes. Hell yeah!
Then in the third quarter, teammate JaVale McGee fell and banged Curry’s left knee, causing a MCL sprain. Fuuuuuuck!
“Kind of a strange, cruel twist of fate,” Steve Kerr said. “He rehabs his ankle for the last couple weeks, he gets that strong and then the knee goes. So we’ll see what happens and we’ll keep our fingers crossed…He’s in good spirits. I did talk to him. He’s disappointed.”
The Warriors still won the game despite the absence of Curry in the 4th and All-Stars Kevin Durant (4th game), Klay Thompson (5th game) and Draymond Green (1st game) but the Hawks have only won twice this month and one of those wins came against the Suns. Birthday boy Quinn Cook stepped up with 13/8/6 off the bench and Nick Young scored a season-high 24 points in 26 minutes. Young also had some amusing words for Curry after the game.
“I told him, I didn’t come here for you to get hurt. So you need to get right. I need to throw some champagne around a little bit.”
So, how worried should Warriors fans be with the playoffs just three weeks away? Well, Curry missed two weeks when he suffered a Grade 1 MCL sprain in 2016 and Durant missed six weeks when he suffered a Grade 2 MCL sprain last season.
“Shit ain’t perfect when you’re living life,” Durant told ESPN. “There’s going to be ebbs and flows. I know since this whole Warriors [dynasty] started, it’s been pretty nice. There’s nothing to worry about. We’re all living life good. We’re playing in the NBA. We got a couple ankle tweaks, we got a few rib injuries, a couple of guys got kicked in the groin, a little fractured thumb. Nobody is dealing with anything life-threatening.
“You just want to get some information, but it’s all good, man. Steph is going to work his tail off to get back no matter what it is, and we’re all going to support him and we’re going to be there for him. We’re going to hold this shit down.”