The Warriors took a 3-1 series lead against the Rockets on Sunday, but yet another Steph Curry injury is giving fans in the Bay Area sweaty palms. After sitting out Games 2 and 3 with a tweaked ankle, the reigning MVP suited up and started Game 4 in Houston but slipped on a wet spot late in the first half and came down awkwardly on his knee. He went back to the locker room for treatment and tried to return in the second half but was still not feeling 100 percent.
Soon after, the team announced he’d been diagnosed with a sprained right knee and would not return. He’s scheduled to undergo an MRI on Monday to find out the extent of the injury.
It’s far too early to speculate, but the tenor of Kerr’s comments is troubling, indeed. Depending on the damage, an extended absence could have catastrophic effects on the Warriors’ championship aspirations. They should be able to put away the Rockets rather easily, but they’ll potentially face the Thunder and/or Spurs in the later rounds as they navigate the gauntlet of the Western Conference playoffs.
Game 5 of their first-round series tips off on Wednesday at 10:30 p.m. ET on TNT, so in all likelihood there will be more information about Curry’s status between now and then.