Stephen Curry Injury: Updates on Warriors Star's Knee and Return

Alec Nathan@@AlecBNathanFeatured Columnist

Golden State Warriors' Stephen Curry (30) celebrates after scoring against the Houston Rockets during the first half in Game 1 of a first-round NBA basketball playoff series Saturday, April 16, 2016, in Oakland, Calif. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)
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Golden State Warriors point guard Stephen Curry suffered a Grade 1 MCL sprain in his right knee after slipping during Game 4 against the Houston Rockets on April 24. After two weeks on the bench, he is ready to return. 

Continue for updates.


Curry Active vs. Blazers 

Monday, May 9

The Warriors announced Curry would be available on for Monday's Game 4 against the Portland Trail Blazers.

Roughly 90 minutes before tip, David Aldridge of NBA.com said Curry would "probably" play, and it hinged on how he felt after going through warm-ups. 

Warriors coach Steve Kerr said Curry would not be on a minutes restriction, per ESPN's Marc J. Spears.

ESPN.com's Ethan Strauss reported earlier on Monday Curry was questionable to play, while John Dickinson of 95.7 The Game reported Sunday that Curry was originally listed as doubtful to play.


Curry Works Out Prior to Game 3

Saturday, May 7

The NBA on ESPN shared video of Curry participating in shooting drills prior to the game against Portland:


Latest on Curry's Practice Status

Saturday, May 7

Mike Shumann of ABC7 provided a photo of Curry from practice Saturday:


Curry Underwent PRP Treatment

Wednesday, May 4

According to Diamond Leung of the Mercury News, Curry said he received platelet-rich plasma treatment on the second day of his recovery.


Warriors GM Comments on Curry's Timeline for Return

Tuesday, May 3

"I know everybody wants to know is it going to be Saturday, is it going to be Monday? It's in that range, but it's hard to say. But those games [3 and 4] are so close together," said Warriors general manager Bob Myers on 95.7 The Game regarding Curry's status, via Leung.

"I don't know if he's coming back [ahead of the two-week timetable]," Myers said. "Nobody knows. He doesn't know. He thinks he is, but that's good."


Curry Comments on Playing Status

Sunday, May 1

“To me, they’re pretty good," Curry said during Game 1 against the Trail Blazers when asked about his chances of playing in Game 3, per Vincent Goodwill of CSN Chicago.

Curry told reporters on April 24 he suffered a "freak injury," saying he's in pain but "will be OK," per Henry Wofford of CSN Bay Area. Curry also said it's "definitely not his ACL" and that the pain is in the area of the MCL, per Wofford.

Ben DuBose of Sheridan Hoops noted Curry didn't "seem particularly worried" as he talked to reporters, adding he had a bandage around the knee with no brace.

"I slipped, I fell, I hurt," Curry told reporters, per Ron Kroichick of the San Francisco Chronicle. "My team is awesome. The end."

Curry said his knee injury was unrelated to his right ankle and was "not an issue of overcompensating," per Rosalyn Gold-Onwude of CSN Bay Area.


Curry Seen Limping After Game

Sunday, April 24

SportsCenter posted a video of Curry walking out of the arena:


Curry's Injury Problems Tested Warriors' Depth

The first player in NBA history to drain 400—and, before that, 300three-pointers in a single season, Curry is coming off one of the most prolific individual campaigns in recent memory.

Not only did he lead the league in scoring by dropping 30.1 points per game, but he did so in efficient fashion.

Despite attempting a staggering 11.2 triple attempts per game, Curry still joined Steve Nash, Larry Bird, Jose Calderon, Kevin Durant, Reggie Miller, Dirk Nowitzki and Mark Price as the only qualified members of the NBA's 50-40-90 club, per Basketball-Reference.com.

When Curry was out, the Warriors turned to the capable Shaun Livingston as his primary replacement. Andre Iguodala and Draymond Green also stepped in and assumed ball-handling duties.

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