Stephen Curry suffered yet another injury in his team’s Game 4 win on Sunday, and this time the Golden State Warriors star could be out of action for as much as two weeks.
Curry returned for the first time since missing two games with a sprained right ankle, but he was hurt again after slipping on the court while trying to guard Houston’s Trevor Ariza at the first-half buzzer. Curry’s right knee slammed onto the floor, leading him to limp off to the locker room.
Stephen Curry returned after halftime and tested the knee, but he walked back to the bench while shaking his head, ESPN reported. He returned to the locker room shortly afterward and remained out the rest of the second half. Curry ended the game 2-for-9 shooting, making only one of his seven shots from behind the three-point arc.
The Warriors went on to win the game 121-94.
A Warriors team doctor reportedly said that Stephen Curry suffered a sprained right MCL, an injury that can keep him out anywhere from a few days to two to three weeks, depending on the severity.
The Golden State Warriors had been careful with Curry the past two games, keeping him out an extended time to allow the ankle injury to heal. After Sunday’s win and the 3-1 stranglehold they have taken on the series, the team is once again telling Curry to take it easy.
“He was standing there crying, you know, and like, ‘Dog, just get out of here, we’ll hold you down.’ We gotta support him, you know, and be there for him,” Warriors forward Draymond Green told ESPN Radio‘s Kevin Calabro and Jon Barry postgame. “I mean, he came out and obviously gave it a go, wasn’t 100 percent, and he gave it a go, and it’s unfortunate that that happened.
“But at the end of the day, one thing we’ve always talked about is our depth, and we’ve gotta use that to win games, and so, we used that tonight.”
Green added that the Warriors are not losing heart with their top player and last year’s league MVP out of the lineup. He noted that the Warriors still have “a team full of competitors,” and the last two games have shown that. In Curry’s absence, fellow sharpshooter Klay Thompson and Green have stepped up.
Warriors coach Steve Kerr said that Sunday’s injury was a fluke for Stephen Curry and not related to the previous ankle problems. Video showed that Curry slipped on a wet spot on the court.
Kerr added that Stephen Curry was lobbying to return to the game after suffering the injury, but Kerr wouldn’t let him. That was a re-hash from Curry’s original injury in Game 1 of the series, when Kerr had to console Curry who grew upset when he was told he wouldn’t return.
Kerr said Curry would not have returned in Game 1 under any circumstances, and made the same sentiment on Sunday. With the series seemingly in control, the Warriors will likely keep Curry shelved up to allow him to heal through Game 5. A loss in that game could speed up the process, however.
Steve Kerr says Stephen Curry "wanted to play, but we wouldn't let him." pic.twitter.com/JZodomNbsF— NBA TV (@NBATV) April 24, 2016
Stephen Curry is scheduled to have an MRI on Monday, and an update on the severity of the injury is likely to follow.
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