Will Stephen Curry Play for Warriors Against Cavaliers on Christmas Day? Ankle Injury Is Still Bothering Golden State Superstar

The Golden State Warriors against the Cleveland Cavaliers on Christmas Day in a rematch of the NBA Finals, featuring two of this season’s elite teams, is a game that sells itself.

The marquee game of the NBA season so far, though, will probably take place without Stephen Curry. The Warriors’ All-NBA point guard has been out since December 4 when he hurt his ankle in New Orleans in a road game against the Pelicans.

The Warriors released an update on Curry’s health on Tuesday evening. “Curry… was re-evaluated by the team’s medical staff today,” a statement on the Warriors’ official website read. “The evaluation indicated that the ankle is healing well and that he is making good progress overall, enabling him to progress to modified on-court workouts in the coming days.”

Curry will be “re-evaluated in one week,” the Warriors say. That puts the timeline for his recovery beyond the date with the Cavaliers in Oakland on December 25.

The Warriors would look beaten up even if Curry were fit to face the Cavaliers. ESPN’s injury report lists Shaun Livingston, Draymond Green and Zaza Pachulia as questionable for the game against the Memphis Grizzlies at Oracle Arena on Wednesday. Green and Pachulia have shoulder injuries while Livingston’s is a knee problem.

The Cavaliers, who dug themselves out of a 20-point hole against the Milwaukee Bucks on Tuesday evening only to lose the game on a Giannis Antetokounmpo steal from LeBron James, only have concerns over Isaiah Thomas. The point guard hasn’t played in a regular-season game since arriving from the Celtics in the summer as part of the Kyrie Irving deal due to a hip injury. ESPN reports that the Cavaliers will have Thomas participate in a five-on-five scrimmage “in the coming days.” Like Curry, he won’t be ready for the big Christmas Day showdown in the Bay Area.