Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry says ankle injury may benefit team in long run


CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Golden State Warriors All-Star Stephen Curry is in good spirits after an MRI on Tuesday revealed that the right ankle injury he suffered in a win on Monday over the New Orleans Pelicans is merely a sprain.

“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. “It gives me time to get healthy and the team time to find continuity. This should be good for us in the long run.”

The two-time MVP acknowledge that he shouldn’t have chased the steal, resulting in him stepping on the foot of New Orleans guard E’Twaun Moore with under a minute left in the contest with the game already wrapped up.

He has a history of ankle problems, but he said he’s looking on the bright side.

“It’s the best possible scenario, time-wise,” he told ESPN. “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.”

In the meantime, Curry is prepping up point guard Quinn Cook, who was called up from the Santa Cruz Warriors, Golden State’s G-League affiliate. Cook will start Wednesday.

“We talked a little bit before shootaround this morning and went over some plays,” Cook tells ESPN. “He’s always said if I have any questions, he’s an open book. He helping me with spots on the floor from the point guard position and I appreciate that.”

Head coach Steve Kerr said ‘in a weird way, it’s a good thing for our team.”

“Big-picture wise over the next couple of weeks, it’s an opportunity for our team to get better,” Kerr said at shootaround. “We have to and have no choice (but) to be more proficient and more precise with the way we play. We have to look at it as that opportunity.”

Curry will be re-evaluated in two weeks. If he’s able to come back at the two-week mark, it would give him three tune-up games before the big Christmas Day showdown with the rival Cleveland Cavaliers.

When asked when he think he’ll be able to return, Curry cleverly replied while laughing, “In at least two weeks. I can tell you that for sure.”

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