The logical voice in the head of Warriors point guard Stephen Curry is targeting the Christmas Day home game against the Portland Trail Blazers for his return.
If he sits out until then, his sprained right ankle would have taken 16 days of rehabilitation since he sprained it on Dec. 8 -- his fourth ankle sprain since training camp. He would have missed six games by then. But he would be giving his ankle much needed recovery time and gone the extra mile to ensure there isn't a fifth sprain.
Sounds like a good plan, right?
"I probably won't play (tonight), but I'm not ruling out Tuesday (at Sacramento)," Curry said. "Knowing that we have three days between Tuesday and Saturday, where I can be 100 percent sure that it's ready to play, I probably would take that option. But don't rule out Tuesday."
The pain and swelling is gone in his ankle. The Warriors are noticeably missing his production and presence. And his competitive juices are getting the best of him.
But the logical voice is telling him not to take the bait.
Curry said he can't shake the fact that he's recovering from his fourth sprained ankle since mid-October. He can't overlook that his ankle, though pain free, still feels a bit weak. And he can't disregard the schedule, which features three off days this week -- after the back-to-back set that starts tonight against Houston.
"It's just that I would have another week to make sure my ankle is strong," Curry said. "I am very enticed. As a competitor, when you don't feel any pain, you're like 'why am I sitting here.' But there is more to it than just the actual soreness of the ankle. It's making sure all the ligaments are fully healed and working 100 percent."
Curry did not practice Sunday, but he did do some light work on the side. He wasn't alone in missing practice.
Center Andris Biedrins did not practice either. He's still nursing a sprained left ankle, which kept him out of Saturday's loss at Portland. Biedrins' backup, center Dan Gadzuric, also missed practice. He strained his groin in the fourth quarter Saturday and is listed as day-to-day.
The Warriors did get some good news on the injury front. Forward Rodney Carney did practice Sunday. That means his sprained left foot survived the wear and tear from his stint against the Blazers. He played a key role in the Warriors' fourth-quarter comeback, so much so that guard Monta Ellis cited Carney and forward Vladimir Radmanovic as the reasons the Warriors got back in the game.
Afterward, Carney was worried about how his foot would respond. The injury, which he said has symptoms of plantar fasciitis, had kept him out the previous six games. But after practice Sunday, his status for tonight looks promising.