A trio of surgeries for Golden State's top starters is off to a positive start.
Arthroscopic surgery on Stephen Curry's troublesome right ankle Wednesday "revealed a stable ankle with no structural damage." The Warriors said the operation performed by Dr. Richard Ferkel in Southern California "consisted of cleaning out loose debris and scar tissue" and deemed the operation "successful."
Curry is expected to resume basketball activities in three to four months. Golden State hopes its franchise point guard can avoid another more serious surgery for the second straight summer and be ready for fall's training camp.
"The surgery went about as well as we could have hoped for entering the procedure," Ferkel said in a statement. "We were pleased that the surgery was limited to simply a cleaning out procedure and I anticipate that he'll be ready before for the start of training camp."
The operation began a week of Warriors going under the knife.
Forward David Lee will have surgery Thursday in Philadelphia to repair a torn abdominal muscle. And center Andrew Bogut is scheduled to have arthroscopic surgery on his fractured left ankle Friday — also performed by Ferkel in Van Nuys, Calif. — that will force him to sit out the Olympics for Australia. Both are expected back early this summer.
Curry's ankle has long been a bigger problem.
HARDEN LIKELY BE BACK FOR PLAYOFFS: Kevin Durant glanced over at the locker next to him and it still didn't feel right that James Harden wasn't there.
The good news is he should be back in time for the playoffs.
Harden passed the NBA-mandated tests required for him to return from the concussion he suffered when the Lakers' Metta World Peace elbowed him in the back of the head, but the Thunder held him out of Wednesday night's regular-season finale against the Denver Nuggets.
HORFORD OUT FOR AT LEAST FIRST ROUND: Al Horford had hoped to give the Atlanta Hawks a boost in the playoffs.
Now he knows that won't be possible, at least not in the opening round.
The All-Star center said Wednesday he's definitely out for the best-of-seven series against Boston, which begins this weekend. The Hawks will get home-court if they win their regular-season finale against Dallas, or if the Celtics lose their last game to Milwaukee.
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