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Stephen Curry to miss at least two weeks, but no structural damage to ankle

Stephen Curry, in more mobile times. (Derick E. Hingle/USA Today)

Warriors guard Stephen Curry limped off the court late in Monday night’s game in New Orleans after rolling his ankle in a collision with Pelicans guard E’Twaun Moore. But crisis in Oakland was avoid after an MRI exam Tuesday confirmed that Curry’s ankle is sprained but structurally intact.

Curry was listed as doubtful for Wednesday’s game in Charlotte. He will miss at least two weeks before he is reevaluated, although it is unclear how much time he may miss. Golden State has eight games before it hosts Cleveland on Christmas Day.

This isn’t the first time Curry’s right ankle has presented a problem for the Golden State star. Curry had surgery on the ankle in May 2011 to repair torn ligaments after suffering multiple sprains, then had more surgery in April 2012 after a season in which he played in just 26 games.

“I hadn’t done that one in a while,” Curry said after the game, per ESPN. “Sprained my ankle. See how it feels tomorrow and kind of go from there. Obviously a sucky situation, but I’ll be back.”

“It was a dumb play because I tried to go for a steal,” Curry continued. “And then obviously it was just a bang-bang [play]. I got caught on E’Twaun’s shoe as I went by him and couldn’t catch myself. So obviously it hurt, but wanted to kind of get back here, get ice on it and get the rehab process started as soon as possible.”

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Curry had planned on playing golf with his dad, Dell Curry, on Tuesday in his home town of Charlotte ahead of the Warriors’ game against the Hornets. That’s probably out of the question now.

“I always look forward to that trip,” Curry said. “And playing in that arena and playing in front of people that seen me grow up. I missed a game before — I think in my third year in the league I missed it — so I know kind of how to deal with the emotions, if you will. Hopefully my fans show up and support the other guys if I’m not out there and we have a good game.”

ESPN’s Chris Haynes reported later Tuesday that Curry unsurprisingly won’t play Wednesday night against the Hornets.

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