Stephen Curry will miss at least two weeks, with an MRI on Monday revealing that the Golden State Warriors guard suffered a sprained right MCL in Sunday’s win over the Houston Rockets.
The team announced Monday that Curry suffered a Grade 1 sprain in Sunday’s game. That is the lowest level of sprain, ESPN reported. Curry had already missed the previous two games with an ankle injury, and hurt his knee just before halftime after slipping on a wet spot on the court.
Curry tried to return for the second half, but was in too much pain and limped back to the locker room. Warriors coach Steve Kerr said Curry wanted to go back into the game, but teammates told him to stay out and have the injury evaluated.
“He was standing there crying, you know, and like, ‘Dog, just get out of here. We’ll hold you down,’ ” Warriors forward Draymond Green told ESPN Radio’s Kevin Calabro and Jon Barry after the game. “We gotta support him, you know, and be there for him. 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.”
— GoldenStateWarriors (@warriors) April 25, 2016
Just before the injury update was officially announced on Monday afternoon, Stephen Curry had tweeted a message to fans thanking them for their support.
Stephen Curry will miss at least 2 weeks with a sprained right MCL. https://t.co/N8LzobZspJ
— NBA on ESPN (@ESPNNBA) April 25, 2016
Thanks 4 all the prayers & messages. Can feel all the positive energy. God is Great! All things considered I’m Gonna be alright! #DubNation
— Stephen Curry (@StephenCurry30) April 25, 2016
The loss of Stephen Curry will be a blow to the Warriors, who are still looking to close out the Houston Rockets in their opening round matchup and have a 3-1 lead after Sunday’s win. While the Warriors have mostly been able to handle the Rockets — outside of a Game 3 loss in which the NBA later said James Harden’s game-winning shot should not have counted — the timeline for Curry’s return means he would likely miss the next series, as well.
That could mean big trouble for the team that won 73 games in the regular season, Washington Post writer Tim Bontemps noted.
“The truth is that, without Curry, Golden State would be an underdog against any of those four teams — beginning with a matchup against the Clippers in the second round, presuming Los Angeles manages to finish off the Portland Trail Blazers in their first round series. Yes, the Warriors have the league’s most versatile defender in Green, the league’s second best shooter in Klay Thompson, a terrific coach in Kerr and a deep supporting cast around them.”
Stephen Curry could still get a bit of help from his Western Conference rivals. If the series between the Portland Trail Blazers and Los Angeles Clippers should extend to six or seven games — and assuming that the Warriors take care of the Rockets in Game 5 — then it would push back the start of the second round series and mean that Curry misses fewer games, potentially returning for the end of that series.
And in the meantime, it will also mean more pressure on Klay Thompson and Draymond Green, something that has worked so far against the Rockets but will be much harder as the Warriors advance deeper into the playoffs.
The Golden State Warriors said they will evaluate Stephen Curry’s injury again in two weeks.
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