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Timing is everything.
Stephen Curry’s injured right ankle will keep him sidelined for at least the next two weeks, but there’s something to be said about missing time in December rather than pivotal games in April, May, or June.
“Yeah, you know I wanted to play here at home, but it’s better it happened now rather than later in the season,” Curry told ESPN’s Chris Haynes ahead of the Golden State Warriors’ matchup with his hometown Charlotte Hornets on Wednesday. “It gives me time to get healthy and the team time to find continuity. This should be good for us in the long run.”
An MRI revealed no structural damage, but Curry is experiencing what the team described as “significant swelling,” which is more than enough reason to shut down a player with a history of ankle issues.
“It’s the best possible scenario, time-wise,” Curry added. “I didn’t know how significant it was, but obviously, the results are good news. I’ll just rehab, work and wait to see when the Warriors decide to bring me back. I’ll be ready.”
The two-time league MVP is averaging 26.3 points on 47.3 percent shooting from the field and 38.1 percent from behind the arc through 23 appearances this season, along with 5.1 rebounds, 6.6 assists, and 1.7 steals.