NBA

Steph Curry Injury: Two weeks out for knee sprain MRI test reveals

Steph Curry Injury: Two weeks out for knee sprain MRI test reveals

Steph Curry Injury: Two weeks out for knee sprain MRI test reveals 2016 images

UPDATE: 4/25/2016

Stephen Curry‘s MRI results are back, and the Golden State Warriors point guard showed no right knee damage, but he’ll be out for two weeks with an MCL (knee) sprain. Curry played in Sunday’s game against the Houston Rockets, but a slip on a wet spot on the floor took him out.

He was pushing himself with agility drills hoping to get back into the game, but the knee injury proved too much.

“Hopefully, he’ll be OK before too long. We don’t know,” head coach Steve Kerr told reporters after the game. “But I just feel bad for him. He’s been healthy all year long, and all of the sudden the playoffs start, and he’s had a couple of fluky things.”

Steph Curry left Game 4 of his team’s first-round series in the NBA playoffs on Sunday. It wasn’t an ankle injury that kept Curry off of the court this time, but rather a “tweaked” knee that was changed to a “sprained” knee. The injury did not prevent the Golden State Warriors from winning Game 4 as they defeated the Houston Rockets in a blowout, 121-94. In his post-game interview, Steve Kerr stated that “Andre (Iguodala) played pretty much a perfect game” while Draymond Green was huge in the third quarter.

The victory was key because, with the win, the Warriors increased their series lead to 3-1. That being the case, and with two games to come from Oakland if both are needed, Golden State are a near-lock for the second round of the post-season even if Curry’s injury ends up being serious enough to keep him out the lineup for a little while. While the Rockets were able to beat the Curry-less Warriors in Game 3, in Game 2 of the series Golden State won without their starting guard. Furthermore, prior to the Curry injury, Game 4 was close, and it only turned into a blowout after his injury.

Kerr, following Game 4, also said that Steph “couldn’t find his rhythm,” likely due to the missed time lately. But what the results from Game 2 and Game 4 show is that the Warriors will be a force in any game – Curry injured or healthy, out of rhythm or in-sync.

However, Golden State could still be in very tough in the second round against either the Los Angeles Clippers or the Portland Trailblazers if the Warriors do not have their best player. The Clippers and Blazers are in a tight series at this point, with Portland looking to tie things up at 2-2 with a Game 4 home win on Monday.

When it comes to the NBA playoff scheduling the next round is currently all “TBD” (i.e.,. to be determined). But helping Golden State out right now is the slow pace of the post-season. Game 5 of the Houston series will not be played until Wednesday, giving two full days for Curry to rest. However, if we take the Houston series as practically over, Golden State doesn’t have to worry about being at full health against the Clippers or Trailblazers until May. If those two teams went the distance, their Game 7 would be played on May 1st.

The second half of Game 4 between Houston and Golden State was pivotal. Had it gone Houston’s way and the series tied up at two, there would be little margin for error for Golden State. However, even if Curry’s knee is a week-long injury, then he’ll be ready for whoever his team plays in the conference semifinals.

Of course, even seemingly minor injuries can be more complicated than originally thought. If Curry is out for two weeks or longer, then that might give the Blazers or the Clippers a chance to steal an early-series game from Oakland in the second round. No doubt, Golden State fans, and all NBA fans are currently waiting for an update regarding Curry’s injury. On that matter, Kerr said that they would see what the MRI was like, something that will take place on Monday.

Click to add a comment
NBA
@GrandSlambert77

Shane is a sports writer with a big interest in tennis, but he's also a noted writer about travel and fiction. Plus he can handle long walks in the cold Canadian tundra!

More in NBA

russell westbrook not feeling new nba all star voting system 2017 images

Russell Westbrook not feeling new NBA All-Star voting system

Chris MauriceJanuary 20, 2017
derrick rose hooky fine from knicks 2017 images

Derrick Rose’s hooky fine from Knicks

Chris MauriceJanuary 15, 2017
adam silver 5 minute plan for nba games 2017 images

Adam Silver’s 5-minute plan for NBA Games

Chris MauriceJanuary 14, 2017
Zaza Pachulia shows why nba made changes to all star game voting 2017 images

Zaza Pachulia shows why NBA made changes to All-Star Game voting

Chris MauriceJanuary 14, 2017
kyle korver picked up by cleveland cavaliers 2017 images

Kyle Korver picked up by Cleveland Cavaliers

Chris MauriceJanuary 14, 2017
Giannis Antetokounmpo dribble gets NBA Last Two Minutes Report criticized  2017 images

Giannis Antetokounmpo dribble gets NBA Last Two Minutes Report criticized

Chris MauriceJanuary 8, 2017
nba superstars benefit from new collective bargaining agreement 2016 images

NBA superstars benefit from new Collective Bargaining Agreement

Chris MauriceDecember 27, 2016
nba with carmelo anthony after george karl take aim in book 2016 images

NBA with Carmelo Anthony after George Karl takes aim with book

Chris MauriceDecember 24, 2016
2016 Sports   Nick Kyrgios, Grayson Allen  ryan lochte on All Losers Team images

2016 Sports – Nick Kyrgios, Grayson Allen, Ryan Lochte on All-Losers Team

Shane LambertDecember 23, 2016

Subscribe to our Daily Newsletter

You will only receive one per day. You'll also get a free THE WALKING DEAD graphic novel with your subscription