Steph Curry got ankle issues…again.
Two minutes into their game against the San Antonio Spurs on Friday (Manila Time), Curry was fouled by Dejounte Murray. The All-Star guard then landed awkwardly and stepped on Murray’s foot, turning his right ankle.
It was the fourth time this season that Curry sprained his ankle. He also tweaked the same ankle a week ago against the Hawks, though he benefited from a three-day gap between games and didn’t miss a match.
As Draymond Green said, it’s always a “hold-your-breathe-type moment when that happens.” And while Curry’s latest injury doesn’t look serious, the Golden State Warriors have a reason to be worried given that it keeps happening to the same right ankle.
Here’s a brief timeline of Curry’s ankle injuries over the years.
Curry had a healthy rookie season and even appeared in 80 games that campaign. However, it was in his second year that his ankle became a problem.
He already hurt his ankle during the preseason and in a regular-season match with the Clippers, after stepping on Blake Griffin’s foot. And on December 2010, he sprained his ankle against the Spurs while dribbling the ball. He didn’t step on anyone’s foot that time and there was really nothing awkward about how he moved.
Curry injured the same ankle multiple times, leading him to undergo an offseason surgery to repair and strengthen the torn ligaments on his wheel.
The lockout-shortened NBA 2011-2012 season didn’t go well for Curry despite his surgery as he ended up playing just 26 games.
Coincidentally, he tweaked his ankle against the Spurs (again!?) on January 2012 and was sidelined for almost two weeks. He wasn’t 100 percent since his return, though, and re-injured his foot in March that year against the Dallas Mavericks.
Curry still featured for the Dubs the following game against the LA Clippers, but went scoreless in 10 minutes of play and just re-aggravated his balky right ankle. He wouldn’t play another game that year and underwent his second surgery to remove loose debris and clean out scar tissue.
Following months of rehab, Curry returned with high hopes that he can stay healthy. He even inked a four-year, $44 million contract extension with Golden State before the season started.
However, he wasn’t able to fully escape the injury bug and tweaked his ankle at least three times during the campaign, including one against the Washington Wizards when he was intentionally fouled by Cartier Martin.
After three years of staying relatively healthy (and winning a championship and an MVP award), Curry battled with the same ankle problem once again.
In Game 1 of the first round of the 2016 Playoffs against Houston, Curry sprained his ankle. Like in some previous cases, it came out of nowhere as the then reigning NBA MVP was torching the Rockets and scoring at will.
After a missed shot, Curry turned to get back on defense but then stumbled and started limping. He was eventually removed from the match and sat out the next two games.
It hasn’t been a good year for Curry, to say the least.
Steph Curry right ankle timeline this season
Dec. 4th: Bad sprain in New Orleans
Jan. 10th: Minor re-sprain while working out alone at shootaround
March 2nd: Minor sprain on Zaza's foot in Atlanta
March 8th: Sprain (severity unknown) on floor vs Spurs
— Anthony Slater (@anthonyVslater) March 9, 2018
Before his latest injury, he also rolled his ankle back in December after lunging for a steal against the New Orleans Pelicans. As a result, he missed the Warriors’ next 11 games.
Golden State needs Curry to stay healthy to contend with the top-seeded Houston Rockets. However, with how things are shaping up, their hopes of a repeat championship are resting on a shaky base.