Storyline: Stephen Curry Injury

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“When Steph was injured last year with his hand, we did something different,” Fraser said of the new approach. “The performance staff came up with a scientific way to get him in really good shape, using interval training. Then we applied the basketball drills.” Based on early returns, it was an experiment gone right. “Steph felt like he was in such good shape and so sharp after that method that we decided to do it this summer,” Fraser said. “And then, Brandon Payne was thrown into the mix to add his touch. So, I would say those three parties constitute the macro scale. We’re all focused on using interval training plus what he’s done in the past.”

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It remains to be seen if the second bubble will actually take place, but even if it does, it sure seems like you won’t be seeing Steph Curry play in it. ESPN’s Jackie MacMullan reported he wouldn’t have played in Orlando had the Warriors qualified, and it begs the question as to why Chicago would be any different. “I was told unequivocally by people at Golden State,” MacMullan said Thursday on the “Hoop Collective” podcast, “if Golden State came back (to play in Orlando) they weren’t gonna let Steph Curry step foot on the floor.” “The reason they were worried about Steph Curry,” MacMullan added, “was because they didn’t feel that he had played enough to come back.”

Is there concern it’ll never fully recover? “I’m getting used to what the new normal is,” Curry said. “It definitely feels different than the right (hand). But you try to get to the point when you’re playing basketball, you don’t think about it — whether it feels all the way same or not, it doesn’t really matter, as long as I’m not worried about the things I’m trying to do, the strength part of it and how it bounces back the next day after pushing it in contact stuff. “But to answer your question, it is going to feel different. Anybody who has had surgery knows it takes a long time to get back to true normal. Functionally speaking, where I’m not out there on the court thinking about it, that’s where I’m trying to get it to.”

As for Curry? The Warriors plan to reevaluate him in early March after fracturing his left wrist only four games into the season. Since then, Curry has spent the last three months healing. He has spent the past month completing various shooting workouts. “Steph is coming back. That’s not even a discussion internally,” Lacob said. “He’s ready to play so he should play. By the way, we’ll try to win every game. I’m not really about, ‘Let’s lose every game so we can get the best pick.’ You try to do that, you’re messing with the basketball gods. So we don’t believe in that.”

Curry already looks ready to play in his post-practice sessions. Judging by his shooting, his broken left hand looks healed. He is no longer wearing the brace. But he hasn’t played since Oct. 30. Saturday was his 40th game missed since the injury. By the All-Star break, Curry will have missed 51 games — the most he’s missed in a season since he missed 40 games in the lockout-shortened 2011-12 season when he severely sprained his right ankle.

Stephen Curry back in March?

Warriors coach Steve Kerr sat down with Yahoo’s Chris Haynes just before Christmas and was asked about Curry’s status. “His injury is not nearly as serious as Klay’s because we’re dealing with a hand and not a knee,” Kerr said on the “Posted Up” podcast. “We’ll re-evaluate Steph sometime in February, but I think there’s an excellent chance he comes back sometime in March — late in the season. “Our fans deserve to see him play, he’s dying to play, our young players want to play with him. So if we can get him back at the end of the season, it would be great.”

There was pain, very real pain, which Curry chose not to acknowledge upon first examination. “When I get hurt,” he told NBC Sports Bay Area on Friday as his teammates lost to the Miami Heat, “I’m always in denial.” Phase Two in the wake of injury was humor. Curry chose laughing over wincing. “Nobody was really telling me anything as we were going through the process to diagnose the injury,” he recalled. “And I was joking around, trying to distract myself because it was hurting.”

Which is not to say Curry isn’t eager to return to the court — or that he has taken a break from the game he loves. He still goes into Chase Center for rehab sessions and cardio work. He sits on the bench during games. “It’s just hardest on your competitive spirit,” Curry said. “When you get around basketball and get around the locker room with the guys, that’s the part I miss the most. And I love to play. “Three months is — and I’d only played three-and-a-half games — just weird. It’s unfamiliar territory. I’m enjoying the downtime, because it was unheard of, in my experience, in the middle of a season. It’s just weird.”

Curry’s personal trainer Brandon Payne went on NBC Sports NBA Insider Tom Haberstroh’s “The Habershow Podcast” and discussed a number of things, from why Steph doesn’t like running a lot of high pick-and-rolls to the timetable for Curry’s return. Since the injury is to Curry’s hand and not an area where injuries are more common (i.e. ankle, knee), Payne is unsure when Curry will be able to return to the court. “I know he wants to,” Payne told Haberstroh of Curry returning this season. “It’s all going to depend on how this rehab process plays out. It’s three months to reevaluation and then at that point, we’ll have a better idea of the timeline and what he can and can’t do. Those first few weeks are going to be critical in just how the movement comes back in the wrist and how the hand responds to the activity.”

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A Bleacher Report story suggesting that Warriors guard Stephen Curry is unlikely to return this season from a broken bone in his left hand is inaccurate, according to multiple team sources. “That’s complete hogwash,” one source told The Chronicle. “Like we’ve said, he’s going to get re-evaluated in three months, and we’ll go from there. There’s no reason to believe right now that he can’t play this season.”

“Anytime you have a major surgery like that, even with a hand, he’s doing the best he can,” said Dell Curry, now a television color commentator for the Charlotte Hornets. “It was a tough, tough injury, but he’s doing the best he can. Three to four months, not sure when he is going to come back. Has to take his time and come back with it. … He’s been through injuries before with the ankle. He understands the rehab that it takes to get through it. He knows about injuries and what goes through that. He’s got to be patient and make sure he is fully healthy before he comes back.”

Golden State is expecting no further update Thursday, but it hopes to know Friday whether Curry will require surgery and how much time he might miss. Warriors head coach Steve Kerr won’t have media availability until more is known about Curry’s injury. The typical recovery for a broken hand is five to eight weeks, but it can take longer if the person requires surgery. Per a source, the Warriors are bracing for Curry to miss at least a month.

The InStreetClothes.com/SMART database has seven recent examples of second metacarpal fractures, including Westbrook, Danny Green, and Nikola Vucevic. Of these seven players, four required surgery. The average missed time for these injuries is 16 games. The recovery time for non-surgical cases is cut in half as these individuals missed an average of just eight games. Curry is slated to undergo a CT scan at some point Thursday to determine the extent of the break. The team will then determine whether or not he will require a trip to the operating room. For now, Warriors fans can brace themselves for at least a two week absence with more prolonged timeline if surgery is required.
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