Stephen Curry Injury: Warriors PG Suffers Knee Sprain, Re-Evaluated in 2 Weeks

Joseph Zucker@@JosephZuckerFeatured ColumnistApril 25, 2016

Golden State Warriors' Stephen Curry jogs off the court at the end of the first half in Game 4 of a first-round NBA basketball playoff series, Sunday against the Houston Rockets, April 24, 2016, in Houston. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)
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The Golden State Warriors announced Monday point guard Stephen Curry will be out for at least two weeks after suffering a Grade 1 right MCL sprain in Sunday's win over the Houston Rockets

The team's medical staff will re-evaluate Curry's injured knee after that time.

According to The Undefeated's Marc J. Spears, Warriors general manager Bob Myers will hold a press conference Monday afternoon to provide a full update on Curry's health.

The reigning MVP slipped on a wet part of the Toyota Center court as time expired in the second quarter of Sunday's contest:

He joined the team's warm-ups ahead of the second half but was unable to return to the game:

On one hand, Curry's diagnosis is somewhat promising since tests didn't reveal a more serious injury, such as a torn ACL or MCL. On the other hand, there's no telling how much time he might miss this postseason. Just because doctors will re-evaluate him in two weeks doesn't mean he'll be healthy enough to play at that time.

As it stands now, the NBA's leading scorer would be absent for a portion of Golden State's second-round series should the team eliminate the Rockets. According to NBA.com, the conference semifinals will begin on May 2 at the latest and could kick off on April 30 or May 1 depending on how the rest of the first round unfolds.

Beating Houston at home in Game 5 on Wednesday is more than doable for the Warriors, even with Curry unavailable. Overcoming either the Los Angeles Clippers or the Portland Trail Blazers in the next round would be much more difficult.

Last November, some took umbrage with Cleveland Cavaliers star LeBron James when he brought up to reporters how fortunate Golden State was in terms of injuries during its title-winning campaign and hot start to the 2015-16 season. Curry, Draymond Green, Klay Thompson, Andre Iguodala and Harrison Barnes all played in at least 77 regular-season games last year and appeared in each of the team's 21 playoff games.

Curry's injury adds more perspective to James' comments. Nobody will argue the Warriors weren't the NBA's best team in the regular season and at full strength, the favorites to repeat as champions. Their title chances can change drastically, however, if their best player continues to be hobbled beyond the second round.


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