Stephen Curry, the reigning league MVP, is expected to miss at least two weeks of action with a sprained MCL, according to the Golden State Warriors.
In what should come as positive news for Warriors fans, Monday’s MRI revealed that Curry had suffered a Grade 1 MCL sprain, the lowest possible sprain, during the Game 4 victory against Houston Rockets on Sunday, and should be able to re-join his team between May 5 and 10 – around the time when Warriors and Los Angeles Clippers will be embroiled in the semi-finals (provided Clippers beat Portland Trailblazers in Round 1).
Warriors vs Clippers
If the Warriors and Clippers advance to the second round without any hiccups, the highly anticipated Western Conference semifinals would start either May 1 or May 3 (depending on how many games it takes Clippers to close out the Blazers). Though the NBA hasn’t finalized the schedule, it’s expected that Game 3 of the semi-finals will take place on May 7 – a game which Curry could be playing in.
Of course, Curry would have to be revaluated and cleared before participating in that hypothetical Game 3 against Clippers. Warriors GM Bob Myers is confident that Curry should be back soon.
Stephen Curry won’t need surgery…
“From our perspective, (the MRI) relatively good news. I was with him at the MRI today and he was pleased at the outcome. We said two weeks, but that’s no guarantee that it will be in two weeks, might be after two weeks, might be before. But I think it will be somewhere in that range, hopefully,” said Myers, before adding that “mechanically, the knee’s intact,” and surgery is not an option.
According to several pundits, the Warriors will need the services of Stephen Curry to get past Chris Paul and the Clippers. Let’s say even if they manage to beat Clippers in a hard-fought seven-game series, with or without Curry, there’s no chance they beat San Antonio Spurs or Oklahoma City Thunder in the Conference Finals without the services of their superstar point guard.
Stay tuned for the latest on Stephen Curry and his knee injury.