OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Stephen Curry is out with a sprained right ankle again before Golden State's season has even begun.
The team said in a statement Saturday night that Warriors coach Mark Jackson plans to hold the point guard out of the final two preseason games Monday at the Los Angeles Clippers and Tuesday against Phoenix. Curry injured his surgically repaired ankle in Golden State's 101-97 win at Portland on Friday night.
Curry went to the end of Golden State's bench after hurting his ankle in the second quarter, but moments later appealed to Jackson to go back in. Jackson said no, Curry headed for the locker room and the team said at halftime that Jackson was sitting Curry for the rest of the night as a precaution.
Jackson told reporters in Los Angeles on Saturday that he isn't concerned about Curry's ankle but sees no reason for the guard to risk an injury in the preseason.
The setback for Curry's comeback is tough enough.
The timing isn't helping him, either.
The fourth-year point guard is eligible for an extension with the team until Oct. 30 — the night before the season opener at Phoenix — or he will become a free agent next summer. Warriors general manager Bob Myers has said the team plans to pick up Curry's extension by the deadline.