OAKLAND -- Here are six things you should know about the Warriors:
1: Coach Mark Jackson has no idea if Stephen Curry, who sprained an ankle yet again, can play in Game 4 today. “Once again, we’re back to trusting the process, treatment around the clock, seeing how he is (Sunday). Unfortunately, we’ve become veterans at this.”
Curry’s status will be a game-time decision, made more difficult by the actual game time — 12:30 p.m. That’s seven hours sooner than regular game time, and it means Curry has fewer hours for treatment.
I asked Jackson if Curry’s recurring injuries to both ankles — he’s needed painkilling injections in the playoffs — will be a career-long problem.
Jackson: “Not a concern at all.”
Cohn: “You think he won’t continue to sprain his ankles?”
Jackson: “Not a concern. I guarantee you somebody’s going to sprain his ankle maybe the rest of the way in the playoffs. Or without a doubt, it will happen next year. It happens in the game of basketball. I don’t think it’s an issue of Steph Curry.”
May we disagree? Curry has ankle problems above and beyond the average NBA player. And the whole thing is just so sad. Here is a potentially great player with a flaw.
2. If Curry cannot start, Jarrett Jack will play point guard. “With Steph Curry or without, we went and got Jarrett Jack for this reason,” Jackson said. “So, that’s not a concern. Probably in the past, I’d be biting my nails. But we’ve got a proven guy.”
Jackson enumerated Jack’s good qualities: “Confidence, edge, competitive, winner, honest guy that knows when he plays great and knows when he plays bad. He owns it. His winning spirit is contagious. We would not be where we are today if it wasn’t for Jarrett Jack. So, fasten your seatbelt and enjoy the ride.”