Report: Steph Curry Not Even CLOSE to Return, Could Miss Second Round
It’s a good thing the ankle injury Kevin Durant suffered in Thursday’s 110-97 win over the San Antonio Spurs isn’t serious, because the Golden State Warriors are going to be out Steph Curry for a little while longer.
Durant told reporters he is “fine” after rolling his ankle late in Game 3. However, Steph Curry is not fine. According to a report from The Athletic‘s Marcus Thompson, Curry “isn’t in the final stages of his rehabilitation,” and thus is “not close to playing.”
Curry suffered an MCL sprain in his left knee when teammate JaVale McGhee fell into him during a game against the Atlanta Hawks on March 23. The Warriors initially estimated it would take him three weeks to recover, which would have been last Friday. However, prior to the start of the playoffs the team said Curry wouldn’t return until the second round.
The Warriors currently have a 3-0 lead over the Spurs and will look to close out their series on Saturday. Their opponents in Round 2 will be either the New Orleans Pelicans or the Portland Trail Blazers. However, the Pelicans currently have a 3-0 lead over the Blazers. If Portland can rally and make that series interesting, Round 2 will start as late as May 1. However, if both the Pelicans and Warriors sweep, Round 2 will start April 28, which means Curry will probably miss more games.
Of course, the good news for the Warriors is that they probably don’t need Steph Curry to beat either the Pelicans or the Blazers. But they sure as hell will need him to beat the Rockets or Thunder. So this business about him not being in the final stages of his recovery is very concerning.
Hat Tip – [NBA.com]