Rookie forward Ekpe Udoh will make his NBA debut tonight against Miami, a month earlier than expected after surgery on his left wrist.
"I'm ready to go," Udoh said Thursday. "Yes, sir. I've been working hard. If I get the opportunity, if my name is called, I'm going to give it my all."
That's two bits of good news for the Warriors in one day. The other piece: point guard Stephen Curry's MRI revealed no ligament tear in his right ankle. The exam concluded Curry, who rolled his ankle in Wednesday's loss at San Antonio, suffered a reoccurrence of the same sprain and not a new or more severe injury. Curry is listed as doubtful.
Udoh, the No. 6 overall pick in the 2010 NBA draft, had surgery July 14 to repair a torn ligament in his wrist. According to the Warriors, Udoh suffered the injury a day earlier in a pre-summer league workout at the team's practice facility.
He was expected to be out six months, which put his return in mid-January. But Udoh said he's a quick healer, and he and strength and conditioning coach Mark Grabow have been "getting it in" to shave a month off the expected rehabilitation schedule.
"I just want to get out there," said Udoh, a 6-foot-10 defensive type from Baylor. "I haven't played since the Duke game (in the NCAA tournament)."