OAKLAND — Warriors coach Mark Jackson said his is a no-excuse basketball team. Point guard Jarrett Jack said the Warriors don’t live and die with one guy.
But Golden State loses a pretty significant piece of the team every day point guard Stephen Curry is on the shelf. And after he sprained his right ankle Wednesday, no one knows how long that will be.
So the Warriors are in full-on survival mode, hoping not to squander their early-season bounty.
“I told the guys we built a cushion,” Jackson said. “Not so we can lose it. We built a cushion to build another one.”
Keeping that cushion will be a tall order if Curry is out any length of time. Curry, who sprained his right ankle in a shootaround before missing Wednesday’s blowout home loss to Miami and Friday’s game at San Antonio, said his status will be determined on a game-by-game basis. Having dealt with multiple sprains and two surgeries on the same ankle over the previous two seasons, he is on familiar ground.
He will receive constant treatment, and two standards have to be met before he returns.
One, he’ll have to pass the strength tests administered by the athletic training staff. Two, he’ll have to be void of all soreness in that ankle.
Curry said he is encouraged that his ankle has held up this long.
He said his ligaments are the healthiest they’ve been.
“Just a normal sprain,” he said. “Ask any player when they sprain their ankle, and they probably have the same sensations I’m having now. Obviously, I have a history with it, so it’s going to be a bigger thing than normal. But right now, I feel like it’s just like anyone else who sprained their ankle the way I did it. Just gotta wait and see how it recovers.”
Until then, the Warriors are without their starting point guard and the engine to their offense. That is compounded by the fact they are still without their starting center, Andrew Bogut.