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Curry’s personal trainer: Warrior star’s ankle injury ‘nothing major’

The vigil over Steph Curry’s right ankle, injured last Thursday, is more wait than see.
Curry stayed home last weekend while the Warriors lost games at Portland and Minnesota. It is not yet known if he will play in Wednesday’s home game against the Los Angeles Lakers. The team, as you would expect, is being circumspect.
Curry’s personal trainer, as you would expect, is upbeat and accessible.
“(I’m) not very concerned in terms of it being a major injury or something that is going to prevent him from playing in the playoffs or anything like that,” Bandon Payne told 95.7 The Game on Friday. “It’s all small little tweaks. It’s nothing major.”
Curry has tweaked his troublesome right ankle four times in little more than three months. The last one, against San Antonio, sure looked significant. He had to leave that game and has not played since.
Meanwhile, the Warriors are undergoing something of a tweak-fest. David West (cyst in right arm) has missed the past four games; Andre Iguodala (left wrist) has missed three games; Jordan Bell (sprained left ankle) has missed two games, and Patrick McCaw (fractured left wrist) is out indefinitely. Though they haven’t missed time, Klay Thompson played with a sprained right thumb against Minnesota and Kevin Durant iced his right shoulder after that game.
Not to break glass in a non-emergency, but the Warriors are 1 1/2 games behind Houston for the top seed in the Western Conference and the playoff grind commences in one month.
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Payne believes Curry’s previous setbacks with his ankle will help in his rehab and return to the floor, whenever that is.
“There’s nobody equipped to be able to articulate what’s going on in his ankle to the team doctors and trainers than he is,” Payne said. “And he’s really good about understanding what he has to do to get it back and get it right to play.”

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