OAKLAND – Stephen Curry acknowledged Monday what his observers knew and have seen as he labored through a postseason that ended in defeat for the Warriors.
But not so much that he anticipates undergoing surgery. He said so Sunday, in the wake of losing Game 7 of the NBA Finals, and on Monday revealed his physical plan for the summer.
“I’ll need to get some good rest and recovery, obviously, for all sorts of body parts, and try to get 100 percent healthy,” he said. “I don’t know how much time I’ll take off. But once I get back on the floor, it’s business as usual, my preparation and what I do to get ready for training camp.”
Curry already was feeling the aches of the season before the Warriors entered the playoffs. Once there, he got beaten up pretty good.
He missed two games after tweaking his right ankle on April 16 in Game 1 of the first round series against Houston, returning for Game 4 on April 24, only to sprain his right knee, which kept him out of the lineup for two full weeks.
Curry returned May 9 for Game 4 of the Western Conference semifinals at Portland, delivering his most spectacular performance: 40 points – including 17 in overtime – nine rebounds and eight assists in a 132-125 Warriors victory.
As the Warriors prepared for the conference finals against Oklahoma City, Curry explained that his knee injury was not appreciably better and that he didn’t expect it to fully heal until the offseason.
Curry later cited the knee injury is one of the reasons he opted out of consideration for the Olympics this summer in Brazil.
In Game 2 of the series against the Thunder, Curry went diving for a loose ball and fell over the courtside seats, landing on his right elbow, resulting in noticeable swelling.
He was back on the court for Game 3, though he didn’t shoot 50 percent from the field until Game 7, when the Warriors clinched their return trip to The Finals.
“I was out there on the floor and felt that I could do what I needed to do to be effective in games when it comes to how I was moving on the floor,” Curry said. “I wasn’t 100 percent, no, but it doesn’t matter. Coming back from the knee injury, I was able to play and able to give it what I had. And it wasn’t enough.”