The Golden State Warriors are up 2-0 over the Houston Rockets in their first-round matchup of the 2016 NBA playoffs. Reigning MVP and Warriors superstar Stephen Curry missed Game 2 because of an ankle injury. Is his injury considered serious and will he play in Houston for Game 3?
Curry suffered a sprained right ankle in the second quarter of their Game 1 win over Rockets. After missing a shot, he was turning to get back on defense when he suffered the injury. As mentioned in a previous report, Curry received treatment on his ankle before the Game 2 but the decision was made to not let him play.
No Stephen Curry, No Problem
Klay Thompson picked up the slack in the 115-106 Game 2 win to gain a two-game advantage over the Rockets. He scored 34 points with three rebounds and five assists. Andre Iguodala and Shaun Livingston also stepped up their games to provide the spark needed in the absence of Stephen Curry.
“Ahh, it’s so much easier without him out there. When Steph’s out there, his man just sags in the paint, he doesn’t move the ball, he’s a very selfish teammate. I’m just kidding, man, he’s the exact opposite of that. I think we showed it’s hard to fill that void. No one’s going to do it by themselves,” Thompson told NBA.com after the game.
MRI Results Revealed
Stephen Curry underwent an MRI test on his injured ankle on Tuesday and the results came back negative, per ESPN. The Warriors noted that MRI did not reveal anything of concern, but they will continue Curry’s treatment.
Golden State currently listed the MVP as questionable for Game 3 on Thursday at the Toyota Center in Houston. Warriors head coach Steve Kerr said that his priority is to make sure Curry is healthy before letting him play again.
“We’ll see how he responds the next couple of days, and if he’s not right, obviously being up 2-0 does give us more cushion if we decide to sit him. But it will be based on his health, not the series score,” Kerr said.
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