For Stephen Curry, it's not so much about the playoffs, the lottery or whatever lies in the Warriors' immediate future. He needs to get back on the court. His reputation is suffering, and he needs to know the feeling of playing 40 intense minutes without feeling pain in his troublesome right ankle.
To which the Warriors should respond: Nice thought, but forget about it. It was encouraging to hear that Curry has been told to spend two more weeks in rehabilitation, but it's time for the final word: Shut it down. There is no upside to the flip side.