NBA Star Power Index: As Stephen Curry goes down, Russell Westbrook's shots won't –

Welcome back to our NBA Star Power Index — a weekly gauge of the players who are most controlling the buzz around the league. Reminder: Inclusion on this list isn’t necessarily a good thing. It simply means that you’re capturing the NBA world’s attention. Also, this is not a ranking. The players listed are in no particular order as it pertains to the buzz they’re generating. This column will run every week for the rest of the season.  

Curry became the talk of the league Monday night for all the wrong reasons. After leading Golden State back from a 20-point halftime deficit with 19 of his 31 points coming in the second half, Curry overextended for a steal on the wing and wound up rolling his right ankle in pretty ugly fashion. 

Given his history with ankle injuries, people are always going to fear the worst whenever Curry comes up even a little bit gimpy. He had an MRI Tuesday, which revealed no structural damage, which is the good news. The bad news is he’ll be re-evaluated in a couple weeks, so he’ll be out at least that long. There’s a chance he’ll miss all of December, and with the Warriors locked in race for the No. 1 seed with Houston, how Golden State navigates this stretch will likely go a long way toward its playoff seeding. 

Before the injury, Curry — who has struggled, relatively speaking, from three this season — was really starting to cook, shooting it better than 46 percent from deep (13 for 28) while scoring 31, 30 and 23 in wins over the Pelicans, Heat and the Magic, respectively. His 58 percent mark from 2-point range is the best of his career. “I got to make some shots,” Curry joked with reporters after

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