After re-aggravating an injury to his leg last night, Steph Curry proved his toughness by staying in the game despite the Golden State Warriors' comfortable lead over the Los Angeles Lakers.
Still, in taking contact on the same spot on his left shin that has been causing him trouble since mid-December, it was clearly an uncomfortable final few minutes for the NBA's reigning MVP.
Although Curry, speaking in the aftermath of the 109-88 win, was defiant that the issue won't require any lengthy layoff, he did admit the nagging problem could linger for a while yet.
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"“Probably like four weeks, but I’m not going to sit out four weeks,” Curry said when asked how long the contusion in his left leg would take to fully heal.
“Just got to figure out how to protect it when I’m out there on the floor and keep playing," he continued.
Considering Curry's value to the team, and the fact he has been forced to leave or sit out three games so far this season with the issue, Golden State would probably have liked to have kept him out of harm's way on Tuesday evening after his third-quarter coming together with the Lakers' Roy Hibbert.
From what Warriors interim coach Luke Walton had to say after the game, however, that didn't appear to be an option:
"I wasn’t going to put him back out at first, but he was pretty adamant about going back out,” said Walton. “I asked the trainers, and they said he’s good, so we put him back out.”
Warriors fans, and NBA fans in general, will be hoping the point guard can shake off the lingering injury from here on out. As for Curry, he's just hoping his run of bad luck will come to an end:
"It doesn’t get worse unless I get kicked, and that’s happened three times since I did it, so hopefully it won’t keep happening."