Stephen Curry of Golden State Warriors will miss the All-Star event this weekend because of a foot injury, his agent, Lance Young, has confirmed.
The 23-year-old picked up the injury against the Suns on Wednesday and will not be involved in Orlando, where he was scheduled to defend his title in the Taco Bell Skills Challenge.
The shooting/point-guard has already missed nine games this season because of an ankle injury and his absence could hurt the play-off chasing Warriors.
He missed a layup with 2:29 remaining in the first quarter and landed awkwardly. He went to the locker room and tried to come back just before half-time, but was unable to return to the game.
Warriors head coach Mark Jackson revealed that he took off Curry in the interest of his long-term health and said he hoped the Akron, Ohio, native would use the break to rest-up.
“I’m not an expert, but the right thing to do was to shut it down and make sure that he takes advantage of the rest that we have moving forward, and get the proper treatment or whatever the doctors say,” he said.
Golden State are 13-17 for the season so far but are currently on a two-game winning streak.
The franchise had not won in 13 previous visits dating back to 2005 against Suns and needed Monta Ellis to bury a 15-foot, turn-around jumper with one second left to secure a thrilling 104-102 win; a spectacle which thrilled Golden State fans watching live and those watching NBA online.
“Coach [Mark Jackson] told me to go at five seconds and get a good shot,” Ellis said. “It was a tough shot, but I was locked in and focused.”
Jackson added: “If I had to design a win, I would have designed it this way. It was much better for our future to grind out a win. It was a great victory, an absolutely great victory.” The Warriors’ current form is attracting attention from NBA pundits and has made them appear to be one of the more safe NBA betting tips going forward.