Warriors' hopes rest on Stephen Curry's ankle

The Warriors have a problem. The problem is the ankle. The ankle is Stephen Curry's.

Before we get to ankle issues, here's what this column was going to be before Curry sprained his right ankle — yes, that ankle — with about six minutes left in an easy win over the Wizards on Saturday night.

The column would have been about the resurgent and reborn Golden State Warriors — all of that is indisputable fact. It was going to proclaim the Warriors are a lock for the playoffs. With a mere 11 games remaining, they are way ahead of Utah, the ninth team — the team that does not qualify. And most of those remaining 11 games are at home and many are against crummy teams. What a made-in-heaven scenario.

The column would have made more claims, bolder claims. Like the balance of power has shifted between the Lakers and Warriors. Imagine that. The Warriors are on the rise and the Lakers are declining. That certainly seemed the case, especially after the Lakers blew an 18-point lead to the Wizards on Friday night at home and lost 103-100. Afterward, Lakers coach Mike D'Antoni flipped his lid.

"I told them today, we put our hands in (the huddle) and we say, 'Championship.' And go out (on the floor). That's laughable. Championship? You got to be kidding me. Nobody understands the importance of every possession offensively and defensively. Right now, we're just making a sham mockery out of it."

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