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Stephen Curry Injury Will Not Derail Golden State Warriors' Hopes of Advancing

DENVER, CO - APRIL 23:  Stephen Curry #30 of the Golden State Warriors celebrates a play against the Denver Nuggets during Game Two of the Western Conference Quarterfinals of the 2013 NBA Playoffs at the Pepsi Center on April 23, 2013 in Denver, Colorado. The Warriors defeated the Nuggets 131-117. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.  (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)
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Rob GoldbergFeatured ColumnistApril 26, 2013

Injuries have been a problem for the Golden State Warriors this postseason, but the squad is still in good shape to advance into the second round.

After losing David Lee for the season, Stephen Curry is now in danger of missing time due to a sprained ankle. According to ESPN, he is a game-time decision for Game 3 on Friday night.

He sounded hopeful to return after his last game, talking about his attempt to get healthy on Twitter:

However, it is obvious that he is still less than 100 percent. This implies that, even if he plays, he will not be the same player that averaged 22.9 points and 6.9 assists per game this season.

At first glance, this would seem like it would doom the No. 6 seed looking to pull an upset. However, there is reason for the Warriors to be hopeful against the Denver Nuggets.

In Game 2, Golden State pulled off the seemingly impossible task of winning a game in Denver to tie the series at one. The Nuggets were the best home team in the NBA during the regular season, posting an incredible 38-3 record.

As a result, the power in the series has now swung from the top seed to the underdog.

The only thing the Warriors have to do is win all three games at home, and they will win the series. Considering the Nuggets had a 19-22 road record during the year, this is certainly possible.

Still, the biggest obstacle Golden State will now have to overcome is the potential loss of Curry. The point guard scored 30 points and added 13 assists in the most recent win over the Nuggets

However, it is also important to note that Jarrett Jack had a very good game as well. The backup finished with 26 points and seven assists in the fast-paced game, showing that he can handle the load of playing a full game if needed.

Jack will not be able to completely replace Curry, but he is an experienced player who should be able to put his teammates in good position to score. This will allow Klay Thompson and others to handle the scoring load needed to replace the star.

Denver has struggled defensively all season, ranking 23rd in the league in points allowed. With Kenneth Faried clearly less than 100 percent, it is easier for the Warriors to get points in the paint as well as second-chance opportunities.

Golden State is obviously a weaker team without Curry, but this squad is capable of pulling off a home win without him. If he comes back healthier for Game 4, the Warriors can really take over the series and pull off the upset.

This could end up being a blessing in disguise for this young squad looking to make a deep run in the postseason. 

 

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