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Stephen Curry sounds optimistic about playing Christmas Day

Dec 23, 2011, 8:46 AM EDT

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It wasn’t pretty when Stephen Curry sprained his ankle in a preseason game — the same one he had surgery on this summer. He was crawling around on the court on all fours then was carried by teammates back to the locker room.

But the damage was not that bad, and it looks like he might be ready to line up opposite Chris Paul and the Clippers on opening day, he told Matt Steinmentz of CSNBayArea.com.

“It’s hard to say. Today I was able to walk, to move around, and it’s only Thursday, so we’ll see where I get to before Sunday,” Curry said. “I’d like to practice before Sunday.”

Curry is officially day-to-day, and he said there are ways to tape and braces he could wear that would provide extra support. But, he also wants it to get right and not linger, as it did last season. His ankle didn’t really roll that far but he had surgery to tighten up the ligaments this summer so things were tight. He said he had been playing on it for two months without incident prior to the injury.

We’ll see. The Warriors have a tall order against the Clippers even with Curry (the Clippers front court is the bigger problem for the Warriors and Kwame Brown up there). Without Curry’s scoring it will be very hard to get an opening day win.

  1. SOBEIT - Dec 23, 2011 at 11:06 AM

    It would be so misguided to let him play against Paul with that ankle. Paull is too fast and will snap that ankle with a crossover…just like Jimmer did. It was an issue all last season and it will be that way his whole career. Let it heal or watch your franchise PG shred his future by constantly re-injuring the same ankle he just had surgery on.

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