Stephen Curry Injures Right Ankle vs. Spurs; Won't Play Against Trail Blazers

Adam Wells@adamwells1985Featured ColumnistMarch 9, 2018

WASHINGTON, DC - FEBRUARY 28: Stephen Curry #30 of the Golden State Warriors looks on against the Washington Wizards at Capital One Arena on February 28, 2018 in Washington, DC. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Patrick Smith/Getty Images)
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Golden State Warriors star Stephen Curry left Thursday's game against the San Antonio Spurs after injuring his right ankle in the first quarter. 

The team later announced he wouldn't return.  

Steve Kerr said after the game Curry will not play against the Portland Trail Blazers on Friday either, per Anthony Slater of The Athletic.

Curry has dealt with ankle problems at various points throughout this season. The two-time NBA MVP missed 11 straight games from Dec. 6-29 with a sprained right ankle. 

In the first quarter of a March 2 win against the Atlanta Hawks, Curry tweaked his right ankle again and didn't return to the game. 

Curry has been playing at an MVP level this season when his body isn't causing him problems. He leads the Warriors with 26.8 points per game, and his 5.2 rebounds per game are the second-best mark of his career. 

With Curry on the shelf, Warriors head coach Steve Kerr will likely mix in Shaun Livingston and Nick Young in the backcourt more along with the seldom-used Quinn Cook. 

The Warriors own the second-best record in the Western Conference, but their hopes of repeating as NBA champions will depend heavily on Curry returning to full strength before the postseason begins. 

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