Stephen Curry has sprained his right knee during the Warriors’ playoff game against the Houston Rockets on Sunday. Curry has missed the last two games of the series, including the Game 3 loss that has now made it a more competitive series.
The Warriors guard was guarding Houston forward Trevor Ariza when he failed to gain his footing and appeared to injure his own leg. Curry has limped off to his team’s locker room. He tried to return for the second half of the game with the intention of playing, but went back to the locker room.
Warriors Coach Steve Kerr said that Curry tweaked “the inside part” of his knee, and that he slipped on a wet spot on the floor. Despite of his “temporary absence”, the Warriors manage to take a lead at their opening-round series 2–1, and went into halftime of Game 4 tied with the Houston Rockets, 56–56. Curry missed time earlier in the game series due to an ankle injury, but Curry is expected to make a comeback this Sunday when Warriors take on Rockets on Game 4.
Warriors coach Steve Kerr said in a press interview on Saturday that he would expect the Warriors’ top scorer to return from a right ankle injury for Game 4 on Sunday.
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Warriors head coach Steve Kerr told reporters Curry will undergo an MRI on Monday, adding that his ankle, which was injured earlier in the series, is “fine.”
“I just feel so bad for him,” Kerr added, via the Bleacher Reports.
The Golden State warriors has won comfortably without the help of their leading scorer Stephen Curry, but fell back at Game 3 after Houston’s one-point victory courtesy of James Harden step-back jumper.
Currently, the Warriors still lead the series at 2-1, but the resilient Rockets managed to bounce back and closed the gap with a one-point victory at Game 3.
Curry’s injury will continue to test Warriors’ tenacity, without their top scorer the Warriors need to take some drastic measures, taking some replacements. The Warriors will likely turn to the capable Shaun Livingston as Curry’s temporary replacement, while Andre Iquodala and Draymond Green can also make some contributions and ball-handling roles, since the two have plenty of experience initiating game sets and taking ball movements.
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