Golden State Warriors superstar guard Stephen Curry will miss Wednesday night’s game against the Los Angeles Clippers at Oracle Arena because of a sprained right ankle he suffered in practice.
Curry has established himself as one of the NBA’s biggest weapons since the Warriors selected him with the seventh overall pick in the 2009 draft. He’s been named the league’s Most Valuable Player twice and helped lead the Dubs to a pair of championships, among numerous other accolades.
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While the 29-year-old Ohio native has remained mostly durable in recent years, playing at least 78 games in each of the previous five seasons, he does have a history of ankle problems. Most recently, he was forced to the sideline for a couple weeks with a separate ankle sprain.
Veteran Shaun Livingston should once again slide into the starting lineup at point guard in Curry’s absence. It will also create more playing time for Andre Iguodala, Patrick McCaw and Nick Young.
It was reported that Curry slipped during shootaround on Wednesday and left the court for treatment. The Warriors later announced that Curry had suffered another right ankle sprain and that he would be held out for Wednesday’s game against the Clippers.
Curry missed 11 games last month with a right ankle injury. He averaged a scorching 35.2 points per game in five games after returning on Dec. 30, shooting 53.2 percent on more than a dozen 3-point attempts per game. There is no word yet on how many games he will miss due to this latest setback.
The Warriors have to be concerned that the ankle issues that marred much of Curry’s early career appear to be reoccurring as he approaches his 30th birthday. He was placed on the injury list on six separate occasions between the start of the 2010-11 season and the end of the 2012-13 campaign for injuries to both ankles. Curry underwent surgery on his right ankle in the 2011 and 2012 offseasons.
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