OAKLAND, Calif. -- The ankle. Again.
"We'll have to wait," said Stephen Curry. "But I don't think it's too bad."
For the Golden State Warriors, anything with Curry's right ankle is never good.
In his almost four seasons with the Warriors and in the NBA, Curry, the seventh overall pick in 2009 NBA draft, the gun for Golden State, has had one problem after another with that ankle, from surgery to days of rehab.
The Warriors, back home after a week trip, were rolling over the Washington Wizards. Curry, who had a league-high 54 against the Knicks a few week ago, reached 30 early in the fourth period Saturday night. He stole a ball from Cartier Martin, but Martin reached back and with 6:03 to play, Curry went down.
He would make the two free throws, his 34th and 35th points, and soon the Warriors, with Curry smartly on the bench would finish off the Wizards, 101-92, before 19,596 fans at Oracle Arena, the 24th straight sellout.
X-rays of Curry's ankle taken immediately after the game were negative, but as far as playing Monday night when the Warriors host the Los Angeles Lakers, Curry said, "We'll have to see."
He said he was hopeful, but there is that history. In May 2011 Curry had surgery to repair torn ligaments from multiple sprains. At the beginning of the 2011-12 season, the one shortened by a lockout, he sprained the ankle again. Before the current season he went through a long period of rehab.
"I wanted to fly and go to church immediately," Mark Jackson, the Warriors coach and a pastor at a church in southern California. "My reaction was making sure he was all right. Now it's just about Steph being fine. No panic. I wasn't concerned about the replay or anything, just make sure he was walking off.
"He's had an incredible year. Night in and night out he's the best player on the floor, and playing with incredible confidence."
The 6-foot-3 Curry was averaging 22 points, 6.6 assists and 4 rebounds.
"It's special to see," said Jackson, who was a point guard with the Knicks, then an announcer for ABC before becoming a coach two years ago, "because when you play with players like that it elevates everyone else, and makes them believe we can win, because we've got the baddest dude on the floor."
The Wizards, after rallying from an 18 point deficit on Friday night to beat the Lakers in Los Angeles, were flat and disoriented against the Warriors, missing their first six shots and falling behind by 21 points just before halftime. They shot 33 percent in the half, although a big fourth period elevated them to 40 percent for the game.
To make things worse, the Wizards' best player, John Wall, got into a jawing match with the Warrior player guarding him, Klay Thompson. A technical foul was called on both, and since Wall had also drawn a "T" in the first half he was ejected after the second, with 6:42 to play in the third quarter.
"I let the team down by getting ejected," said Wall, who finished with 14 points, second behind Martin's 23 for the Wizards. "We were all struggling."
On his hard foul against Curry, Martin said, "It was tough because he's a good friend of mine. So I didn't try to take him down as hard as it seemed. Just a play of instinct. For a minute, out there, it seemed like he didn't miss."
He didn't make many, 5 of 18. And Curry was 6 of 10 on his 3-point attempts. He also had a game-high 8 assists.
Curry himself thought if the game had been close -- and from the first quarter on it never was closer than seven points, and by then it didn't matter -- he could have continued.
"I'm fine," said Curry. "Don't worry about my ankle. I'll get through it like I usually do. I just have to get my treatment and get ready for Monday. But you have to be smart at this point of the season. Fighting through something when you're not ready, when you have bigger things coming down the stretch, you have to be smart.
"We know the Lakers are coming, and they're right behind us and need that game."
And the Warriors, one way or another, now or then, need Curry.
NOTES: The Warriors didn't have to face the Wizards' Trevor Ariza, whom Washington coach Randy Wittman said stayed at the hotel with the flu. On Friday night in Los Angeles, Ariza hit seven of his 12 3-point attempts and finished with a game-high 25 points as the Wizards came from 18 down to win 103-100. ... When the Warriors defeated the Wizards 101-97 on Dec. 8 at Washington, their only other meeting this season, Wall was out with a stress injury in his left knee. ... Jackson agreed that Bogut looks like a different player since returning the end of January after microfracture surgery on his left ankle -- broken a year ago when still was with Milwaukee. "He's still not there," Jackson said, "but his body is a lot livelier. He's rebounding, he's protecting the rim. Early on, you could tell he wasn't comfortable catching the ball on the block. He wasn't comfortable making moves, but he is now." ... The Warriors won the first two on their recent three-game trip, then lost their 29th straight at San Antonio.