The Golden State Warriors are once again sweating on the fitness of superstar Stephen Curry after he suffered another ankle sprain in the opening minutes of a win over the San Antonio Spurs last week.
He missed the team's two recent road losses to the Portland Trail Blazers and Minnesota Timberwolves and the defending champions have now confirmed that he will be absent for the next four games at least.
In an announcement on Tuesday, the Warriors stated that the point guard will be re-evaluated in a week's time, which will rule him out for games against the Los Angeles Lakers, Sacramento Kings, Phoenix Suns and San Antonio Spurs.
The two-time MVP rolled his right ankle as he drove to the basket for a layup and landed awkwardly.
According to SFGate, a team source has claimed that this latest ankle injury isn't too serious but the Dubs want to keep him out for another week as a precaution with the playoffs looming.
Curry's personal trainer, Brandon Payne, has also moved to ease the fears of Warriors fans by claiming that it's nothing "major" and shouldn't be a cause for concern.
“(I’m) not very concerned in terms of it being a major injury or something that is going to prevent him from playing in the playoffs or anything like that,” Payne said in an interview with 95.7 The Game.
“The only thing that is really concerning about it is just that it keeps happening.”
The five-time All-Star has a well-documented history of ankle issues and has suffered at least four sprains to his right ankle in the last three months.
But Payne is confident that Curry's past experiences will make it easier for him to deal with this latest setback.
“It’s all little small little tweaks. It’s nothing major,” Payne added. “The good thing about this is there’s nobody who’s more equipped to handle this and deal with this than Stephen is just because he’s been through it so many times.”
But neither Steph nor his Warriors teammates and coaching staff seemed to be downbeat about his injury as they enjoyed an epic 30th birthday party for the sharpshooter.
Clips of the party were doing the rounds on social media on Tuesday and showed Curry moving freely and in great spirits.
The team even cancelled practice the day after as they needed time to recover from their crazy antics, which included hilarious videos of head coach Steve Kerr and assistant Mike Brown breaking out their dance moves.
Even the threat of losing the number one seed to the Houston Rockets doesn't seem to be affecting the champs and it's clear, as they've maintained all year, that health is their number one priority.
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