Saturday, 20 October, 2018

Warriors star Curry's regular season over after MCL sprain

Steve Kerr says Kevin Durant could return for the Warriors next week Stephen Curry suffered a possible serious knee injury when a teammate landed on his leg
Edward Snyder | 26 March, 2018, 02:26

It is an injury similar to the one Curry sustained in 2016, when a Grade 1 MCL sprain sustained in game four of a first-round playoff series with the Houston Rockets led him to miss two weeks.

Golden State Warriors star guard Stephen Curry will not be available for the first round of the playoffs, head coach Steve Kerr announced on Sunday.

Curry's absence will have little impact on the rest of the regular season, with the Warriors pretty much locked into the two seed in the Western Conference, now sitting 4.5 games behind Houston and 10 games ahead of Portland. His long-term health is vital to Golden State's postseason success and even without Curry, the Warriors likely have enough talent to advance to the second round.

Teammate JaVale McGee had tried to block a shot and came down hard, appearing to take Curry's leg out from under him.




Last year, Durant missed five weeks with an MCL sprain in his left knee.

The Golden State Warriors are perhaps the only team in the National Basketball Association that can survive an injury to a star player and be relatively unfazed.

With Curry on the floor, the Warriors are averaging 120.4 points per 100 possessions - the highest figure in the past 20 seasons, according to NBA Advanced Stats. Curry's backcourt sidekick, Klay Thompson, is rehabilitating a fractured right thumb, and Draymond Green suffered a pelvic contusion in the Warriors' loss Monday, March 19, at San Antonio.

The catch being, of course, that Curry is ready in time for a potential Western Conference Final showdown.

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