Curry Could Miss Two Weeks With Sprained Right Knee
Steph Curry could miss two weeks with a sprained right knee, which puts Golden State's title defense in jeopardy.
Curry suffered the injury on Sunday, when he slipped on a wet spot on the floor trying to play defense. Monday's MRI revealed a Grade 1 MCL sprain in his right knee, and the timetable for his return creates concern. It's not a torn ligament, but it's going to keep him out of the Warriors' next series.
Golden State should still be able to take care of the Rockets without their star and likely MVP, but what about the next round versus possibly the Clippers? Golden State fans can't expect to see Curry until around April 9th, a week before the Western Conference Finals.
If the Warriors want to survive and meet the Spurs (or somebody else) for a trip to the NBA Finals, they're going to have to do it without the best shooter in the game.
Klay Thompson, Draymond Green and Andre Iguodala will have to pick up the offensive load, and Shaun Livingston will see a lot more minutes at the point guard position. When you lose a player like Steph, the whole team needs to fill the void.
The Warriors will try to close things out against the Rockets in Game 5 on Wednesday, and Curry will be forced to watch from the bench. At least he's not going to be out for the entire playoffs, but the Warriors are going to have to extend their season to get him back.
With the Spurs already resting up on the other side of the bracket, how much does this injury threaten the Warriors' title defense? The best regular season in NBA history demands an NBA Championship to finish the story. Whether it's James Harden and the Rockets, Chris Paul and the Clippers or the San Antonio Spurs, they're not going to take it easy on Golden State.
Things just got more interesting, NBA fans.