Stephen Curry, the reigning league MVP, will undergo an MRI on Monday after spraining his knee halfway through his team’s 121-94 Game 4 win over Houston Sunday.
Curry, who returned to action after missing Games 2 and 3 due to a sprained right ankle, slipped and banged his right knee on the floor at the first-half buzzer. In a shocking turn of events, Curry grabbed the knee and grimaced in pain before limping off to the locker room. It didn’t look promising.
After the halftime break, Curry returned to the court and moved around to try and test his mobility. Unfortunately, the superstar point guard was seen shaking his head before heading to the locker room with a very visible limp. According to team sources, Curry has likely strained his MCL and will have to wait until the MRI report to plan his rehabilitation.
Typically, a Grade 1 tear will need a minimum of 4 days to a full week. If Curry has suffered a Grade 2 tear, it’s likely that he will be out at least 2-4 weeks, meaning that Warriors would have to play the Conference SemiFinals (most likely against Los Angeles Clippers) without their star point guard. If Curry has suffered a Grade 3 tear, he will be ruled out of the entirety of the playoffs.
Stephen Curry in tears…
After the game, Warriors forward Draymond Green revealed that Curry broke down into tears during the halftime break. “He was standing there crying, you know, and like, ‘Dog, just get out of here. We’ll hold you down.’ We gotta support him, you know, and be there for him,” Green told ESPN Radio. “I mean, he came out and obviously gave it a go, wasn’t 100 percent, and he gave it a go, and it’s unfortunate that that happened.
“But at the end of the day, one thing we’ve always talked about is our depth, and we’ve gotta use that to win games, and so we used that tonight,” added Green, hailed widely as the Heart & Soul of the record-setting Warriors squad that won 73 games in the just-concluded regular season.
Curry’s splash brother, Klay Thompson, echoed Green’s sentiments. “We knew as soon as Steph went down, we were going to have to do it ourselves. The ball was swinging around, Draymond got hot, I made a couple, and the floor opened up and we were just patient and having good shots. That’s why we were successful,” said Thompson, who finished with 23 points and 5 assists.
Prior to the untimely injury, Curry seemed to have regained some his lost rhythm in the aftermath of the ankle injury. “His conditioning was better than I expected. And then he slips on the wet spot, unfortunately, and back to square one. We’ll see what happens with the MRI tomorrow,” Warriors coach Steve Kerr lamented.
Stephen Curry had six points on 2/9 shooting, including 1/7 from deep before going down with an injury that could effectively end the Warriors’ hopes of repeating as NBA champions. Stay tuned to this space for the latest on his injury.