Last night, Steph Curry returned after missing six games because of an ankle injury. The Warriors faced the Atlanta Hawks last night. Curry left the game in the third quarter and did not return.
According to ESPN the Warriors announced that Steph Curry suffered an MCL sprain in his left knee and that he will undergo an MRI today.
The MRI revealed that Steph Curry suffered a Grade 2 MCL sprain in his knee. He will likely return before the start of the playoffs.
The injury occurred when Warriors center JaVale McGee went for a block and fell on the leg of his teammate Curry. Curry started limping after the incident occurred.
Prior to the injury, Steph Curry scored 29 points in his first game back. He also played 29 minutes.
Curry’s injury is another setback for the injured Warriors. Draymond Green, Kevin Durant, and Klay Thompson have all battled injuries in the past few weeks. It is unlikely that the Warriors will return to full health before the playoffs. It is also unlikely that they will catch the Houston Rockets. The Rockets have a 4 game lead on the Warriors for the first spot of the West. While this is not a big lead, the Warriors have too many injuries. At this point, the Warriors should strive for a healthy roster rather than the first spot.
While the injury is unfortunate and ill timed, it is also a sigh of relief. The injury could have been more severe. Curry will be re-evaluated in three weeks, and he could potentially be back by playoff time. Towards the end of the regular season, coaches tend to rest their star players. Kevin Durant, Klay Thompson and Steph Curry would likely sit out anyway.
Steph Curry and the Warriors are having a tough battle with injuries, but it is not time to panic. The Warriors should strive for a healthy roster. That is more important than the first seed