Injury can’t stop Curry’s legendary play
by Sam Amick, USA TODAY Sports
OAKLAND – Seth Curry hadn’t come all this way to see his older brother sit in street clothes.
No, the former Duke Star who flew in to the Bay Area on Friday morning was here to see the Golden State Warriors’ last hope, his sharpshooting sibling who would have to carry this day against the Denver Nuggets and so many more to come with David Lee on the shelf. As for all this talk about a left ankle sprain that may have caused him to miss what turned out to be the defining game of his four-year NBA career? Seth, who played most of his senior season with a right leg injury that required a surgery two weeks ago in which a metal rod was inserted into his shin area, wasn’t having it.
“I told him to suck it up,” Seth Curry told USA TODAY Sports after the Warriors downed the Nuggets 110-108 at Oracle Arena to take a 2-1 series lead. “He knows I played all year with an injury. It’s a different situation, but I knew he’d do whatever it takes to play.”
He didn’t just play. He played like the elite player he has so clearly become, finishing with 29 points and 11 assists just a few hours after his playing status was in question up until tipoff because of the injury suffered in Game 2.
How good is Curry right now? Good enough that his coach’s high praise after Game 2 – the now-infamous quote about him being, with Klay Thompson, part of “the greatest shooting backcourt in the history of the game,”– is looking like a backhanded compliment. Curry, for anyone who hadn’t noticed, is hardly just a shooter.
“Everybody falls in love with his ability to shoot the basketball, but that’s just part of his game,” Jackson told USA TODAY Sports. “He has come such a long way, and he’s an elite player in this league. His ability to make plays, his ability to defend. He competes. He’s a point guard, and that was a question mark coming into this league. He plays with an edge, … [For more on Injury can't stop Stephen Curry from legendary play, click here.]