Steph Curry left Monday’s game against the New Orleans Pelicans after spraining his right ankle late in the fourth quarter.
X-rays taken after the game were negative, but Curry was seen leaving the arena in a walking boot and on crutches. Curry injured his ankle when attempting to stop after lunging for a steal attempt with just over a minute left in the fourth quarter. As he stopped, his right foot rolled outward, and he hobbled to his feet in obvious discomfort. He spoke about the injury after the game.
“I hadn’t done that one in a while,” Curry said after the game. “Sprained my ankle. See how it feels tomorrow and kind of go from there. Obviously a sucky situation, but I’ll be back. It was a dumb play because I tried to go for a steal, and then obviously it was just a bang-bang [play]. I got caught on E’Twaun’s shoe as I went by him and couldn’t catch myself. So obviously it hurt, but wanted to kind of get back here, get ice on it and get the rehab process started as soon as possible.”
You can see video of the injury below.
Dr. Silverman Comments
Steph Curry has officially become the most blogged about athlete on this site, as we’ve talked about his ankles on about 10 different occasions over the years. Curry has undergone two previous operations on his right ankle, but in recent years he’s neglected to undergo offseason surgery to address an obvious underlying issue. He has loose ankle ligaments in his right ankle and possibly in his left as well.
This is nothing new, and every blog we’ve posted in the past echoes the same sentiments. Curry would obviously benefit from ankle instability surgery, and while we understand his reluctance to undergo surgery, especially during the season, he’s only jeopardizing his longevity by continuing to put off addressing the problem head on. He’s a world class athlete who has tailored his game around his ability to shoot, which is great for his ankle in that he’s not driving through the lane as often and potentially landing on another person’s foot. But you can only avoid ankle injuries in basketball so long when you have loose and damaged ankle ligaments.
Curry has rehabbed his sprained ankle without surgery in the past, so it’s clear that he knows the best ways to let the swelling subside and the pain dissipate in the short term, but he seriously needs to consider undergoing offseason ankle injury to fix these damaged ankle ligaments. He’s only going to keep rolling his ankle, because every subsequent injury further damages the stability of the ankle joint.
He opted against ankle surgery after the 2013 season and the 2016 season. Hopefully he makes the best choice for his career after this season and undergoes the routine and minimally invasive corrective procedure. I wish him the best and hope this is the last we have to write about an ankle injury of his on the blog.