warriors update

Guard Curry avoids pain of sitting out a game

It turns out Stephen Curry's sprained right ankle wasn't that serious, and he was able to start Wednesday night against the New Orleans Hornets. That's because pain level doesn't equate to the severity of an injury.

Curry said he had no idea how bad his ankle was sprained when he landed on a teammate's foot during practice Tuesday. After getting treatment, Curry was able to participate in Wednesday morning's shoot-around at full capacity.

But that's the thing about ankle sprains -- the initial pain is usually pretty significant, no matter how bad it is.

"It all stings the same," Curry said. "It's just a matter of how long it lasts. I just had to make sure I treated it right away so I could be ready for tonight."

The injury gave the Warriors a scare because it's the fifth time Curry has sprained his right ankle this season.

"I've had a lot of different episodes, some minor tweaks here and there," Curry said. "It's been a nagging injury. It's been really frustrating trying to get it back to 100 percent. I can't really mess up my ankle any more than I have."

  • Warriors coach Keith Smart had some sharp words for Curry during Wednesday's shoot-around.

    Although Curry has come on lately, he hasn't quite matched the level he played at during the final couple months of last season. Part of his struggles have been because of the recurring ankle injury, which has caused him to miss eight games.

    "Maybe he's just a late starter," Smart told reporters.

    Smart did acknowledge that Curry has been playing better lately and that he's still learning how to be an NBA point guard.

  • Smart said more and more coaches around the NBA have been telling him that Monta Ellis has been playing like an All-Star. Count Hornets coach Monty Williams as one of Ellis' admirers.

    "He's one of the few guys in the league that doesn't have a weakness," Williams said. "There are few people in the league who are unguardable, but he's one of them. And he also happens to play defense."

  • Former Warrior Marco Belinelli has started 45 of the Hornets' first 47 games and entered Wednesday averaging 10.5 points per game.

    -- Jonathan Okanes