Curry leaves early after aggravating ankle injury

Curry rolls ankle in third, does not return

Curry leaves early after aggravating ankle injury
January 28, 2013, 6:00 pm
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Stephen Curry recorded 17 points and five assists before rolling his ankle late in the third quarter. (USA TODAY IMAGES)

The Warriors had just two-and-a-half quarters with healthy ankles.

As Andrew Bogut returned Monday in Toronto from an injured left ankle, it was Warriors star Stephen Curry who was forced to leave the game in the third quarter with an injury to his bad right ankle.

With five minutes remaining in the third quarter, Curry drove in the key and stepped on the foot of a Toronto’s Ed Davis and rolled his right ankle. It’s the same ankle that was kept Curry out on Jan. 16 and 18, and the same ankle that received two offseason surgeries.

Curry continued to play through the pain of the tweak, but it was apparent that it was bothering him. In possessions following the roll, Curry attempted to cut hard within the offense but couldn’t push off the ankle.

By the end of the third quarter, Curry was sitting on the baseline near the visiting bench with his shoe off, adjusting his ankle brace. He headed to the locker room with 8:57 remaining and quickly returned back to the bench.

Following the game, Warriors head coach Mark Jackson said the team just wanted to be cautious about putting Curry back on the floor, despite pleas from the guard to return to the court.

“We’ll find out tomorrow but we just wanted to be smart,” Jackson said. “I sent (assistant coach) Pete Myers in the hallway to look at him run and there was no need to put him back out there.

“I just wanted to make sure he was healthy and give an opportunity to know what we’re dealing with. He wanted to get back in the game, but I’ve got more interest in his future and our future.”