Golden State Warriors point guard Stephen Curry suffered an ankle injury that will force him to miss at least two weeks, but he is taking the setback in stride.
Curry previously dealt with ankle injuries early in his career but has since rebounded to become a two-time MVP. For the Warriors, who have won two championships in the last three seasons, this is an opportunity to improve.
"It gives me time to get healthy and the team time to find continuity,” Curry told ESPN. “This should be good for us in the long run."
In a sense, the injury will force other players to assume roles they otherwise would not have in Curry’s presence. Quinn Cook received the starting nod against the Charlotte Hornets, and more will be asked of other players, as well.
Klay Thompson and Kevin Durant should benefit in the short-term, too, because their shot attempts will rise. They will see more set plays from head coach Steve Kerr, and any close games will require different closers. Shaun Livingston will see the largest minutes’ increase at the guard position.
Kerr agreed with his point guard. “In a weird way, it's a good thing for our team,” the coach said.
Every night, the Warriors have more talent than their opponents. The injury levels the playing field somewhat, which will force other players to compete in more high-leverage situations.
The 20-6 Warriors will try to follow up their 14-point win over the Charlotte Hornets against the Detroit Pistons, who previously beat them at Oracle Arena earlier in the season. Keep it here on AXS.com for more NBA news and tickets to select games.