Curry won't sit, but 'annoying' shin injury will take 4 weeks to heal

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According to what Golden State Warriors trainers have told Stephen Curry, his bruised left shin will take four weeks to heal completely.

He doesn't plan to sit.

"I'm not going to sit out four weeks," Curry said Tuesday night, according to ESPN's Ethan Sherwood Strauss. "So just got to figure out how to protect it while I'm out on the floor and keep playing. We've done a good amount and just had a couple unlucky plays, and we'll keep addressing it."

Questions came up about the shin after the reigning NBA MVP briefly left the Warriors' 109-88 thumping of the Los Angeles Lakers Tuesday.

Curry departed after bumping his leg against the Lakers' Roy Hibbert. He had it looked at on the bench, then returned to the contest. He was taken out for good with the Dubs up 30 in the fourth quarter. After the game, Curry admitted the injury is irritating, but not something he's overly concerned about.

"It's just frustrating and annoying and any other adjective you want to throw in there," he said. "Long term, it's not something that I'll have to worry about. It's just playing through an injury that's there. It doesn't get worse if I play on it, unless I get kicked, and that's happened three times since I did it."

"It's a magnet," Curry said of his shin. "But I'll be all right."

Curry suffered the original injury in a Dec. 28 win over the Sacramento Kings, and as a result missed consecutive games for the first time since November 2013. He left Saturday's victory against the Denver Nuggets after being hit in the same spot.

"I wasn't going to put him back out there at first, but he was pretty adamant about it," Warriors interim coach Luke Walton said about Curry in Tuesday's game. "I played with a guy like that," added Walton, referring to Kobe Bryant.

In three games since sustaining the injury, Curry is averaging 17.3 points in 24 minutes, on a 40 percent 3-point stroke.