Steph Curry Will be Out at Least Three Weeks with MCL Sprain


Curry struggled to get to the locker room and did not return to the game.

We're only a few seasons removed from Curry's massive ankle injury and the many minor ankle tweaks that surrounded it. The point guard had been out the previous 6 games for an injured ankle he rolled a couple weeks ago, and on his first night back this happens. In the third quarter of a victory against Atlanta, center JaVale McGee fell into him.

It was a solid win clouded by another Curry injury.

Curry's latest injury just adds to the woes for the beat-up defending National Basketball Association champions.

Stephen Curry, Kevin Durant, Draymond Green, Andre Iguodala, David West, Jordan Bell, Patrick McCaw, and even ironman Klay Thompson have missed chunks of time this year, resulting in the Warriors failing to land the top seed in the Western Conference playoffs for the first time in four years.

The Warriors' seemed to on Friday. He is scheduled to receive an MRI on Saturday.

Curry did not reinjure his right ankle, but he sprained his left MCL, the Warriors said.

If Curry misses 39 days, he will miss the beginning of the playoffs.

For most teams, losing one of the league's five best players would be a near impossible burden to overcome.

"Kind of a unusual, cruel twist of fate", Warriors coach Steve Kerr said of this latest Curry injury.

LeBron James had a game-high 27 points in just 29 minutes as the Cavaliers won their fourth straight game. Curry was visibly hurt and had to limp out of the court. "Yeah, definitely", McGee said after Friday's game. That injury sidelined him for the end of the first round and the first three games of the second round, and also may have limited him enough throughout the rest of the playoffs to deny Golden State a repeat championship, depending on your point of view.

Having all four of them healthy for the postseason made the Warriors virtually unbeatable last season, as they won their first 15 postseason games before eventually losing one to the Cavaliers, and settling for a 16-1 playoff record - the best in National Basketball Association history.

"I was very proud of how the Kings handled it, the way the National Basketball Association handled it", Kerr said Friday.