Stephen Curry of the Golden State Warriors and Kelly Olynyk and Avery Bradley of the Boston Celtics are all dealing with injuries in the First Round of the 2016 NBA Playoffs. While Olynyk returned from injury on Sunday, both Curry and Bradley will miss at least the rest of the NBA Playoff Semifinals.
The Celtics have come back from two games behind to tie their series against the Atlanta Hawks 2-2. The Warriors will have to win just one more game against the Rockets without Curry before moving on to Round 2.
As reported by the Wall Street Journal, the 2015 NBA Finals MVP Stephen Curry will likely miss two weeks of action as the Warriors seek back-to-back NBA Championships. Up 3-1 in their series against the Houston Rockets, Steph won’t play against the Rockets again. If the Warriors continue to win, it’s possible Curry wouldn’t be back until the Western Conference Finals.
In Sunday’s Game 4 against the Rockets in Houston, Curry slipped in a wet spot on the court where Donatas Motiejunas had fallen. Steph sprained his MCL, which generally takes about 15 days to heal. Curry sat out of Games 2 and 3 against the Rockets, resting an ankle that was bothering him.
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The Boston Globe noted that Kelly Olynyk played Game 4 against the Atlanta Hawks on Sunday, even if it was only for under four minutes. Having missed the previous two games, it wasn’t clear that he would see any playing time at all, despite being medically cleared.
While Olynyk can expect to be worked back into the Boston Celtics rotation, he said he expects to deal with some pain for the rest of the playoffs, as his shoulder continues to cause discomfort.
Still on Boston’s inactive list, the Celtics managed to overcome Avery Bradley’s injury by winning Games 3 and 4 against the Hawks, tying the series 2-2. The most recent reports still indicate that Bradley will sit for the remainder of the Hawks series, at which point coach Brad Stevens will re-evaluate the situation.
THIS JUST IN: Celtics G Avery Bradley has strained hamstring & is "very unlikely" to play rest of series vs Hawks. pic.twitter.com/k5c8T9TLzP— SportsCenter (@SportsCenter) April 17, 2016
Bradley injured his hamstring against Atlanta in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference Semifinals in this year’s NBA Playoffs. Although Avery says he feels better, Celtics president Danny Ainge has said he won’t play Bradley again until he’s 100 percent.
Where to Watch
Game 5 of the Boston Celtics vs. Atlanta Hawks airs on TNT Tuesday, April 26. Coverage begins at 8:30 p.m. EST.
Game 5 of the Golden State Warriors vs. Houston Rockets airs on TNT Wednesday, April 27. Coverage begins at 10:30 p.m. EST.
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