Every time Stephen Curry hobbles or limps, the entire Golden State Warriors fan base holds their breath. Curry sat out the last two games of 2015 to nurse his left shin injury. Against Denver, he only played 14 minutes and left as he aggravated the injury.
Recently, the pain struck again as Curry re-aggravated the left shin contusion against the Los Angeles Lakers. After making contact with Roy Hibbert on a drive to the basket, Curry limped down the court was subbed out to get worked on. Fortunately, he returned for some more action. The injury has been affecting Steph’s minutes on the court but many are wondering if it will it affect his career.
According to Rusty Simmons of the SF Chronicle, Dr. Brian Schulz is calling the injury annoying, not damaging:
Warriors point guard Stephen Curry isn’t interested in sitting out four weeks to let the painful contusion on his left shin heal, and a noted orthopedic surgeon with a specialty in treating sports injuries says that’s just fine.
“He’s not risking his career or anything by this,” said Dr. Brian Schulz, who works for the Kerlan-Jobe Orthopaedic Clinic in Los Angeles. “He’s just going to have to deal with pain, which he’s proven in the past is not a big deal for him.
“It’s not a serious thing, but it’s definitely something that could annoy him.”
In the same article, Curry explains his desire to play rather than resting for four weeks:
“I’m not going to sit out four weeks, so we’ve just got to figure out how to protect it when I’m out there on the floor and keep playing.”
As Steph deals with the pain, it’s a relief to know that the damage won’t be long-term. Curry continues to the lead the league in scoring with 29.3 points per game to go with 5.3 rebounds and 6.3 assists. After the second release of NBA All-Star voting, the reigning MVP is second in overall votes, only trailing Kobe Bryant.