OAKLAND – The Warriors were braced for the worst regarding Stephen Curry’s MRI test Monday. They narrowly avoided it.
Curry was diagnosed with a Grade 1 sprain of the medial collateral ligament (MCL) in his right knee and will be out a minimum of two weeks, after which time he will be reevaluated.
The MVP could return sooner if he recovers quicker than expected, CSNBayArea.com has learned.
The news provides a modicum of relief to the Warriors, who feared Curry could be out for an extended period. It’s conceivable, if all goes well, the Curry could be back late in the Western Conference Semifinals should the Warriors eliminate Houston in their first-round series.
It’s more reasonable that Curry would be able to return for the conference finals – which don’t begin until May 15 at the soonest – should the Warriors advance that far.
As it is, they go forth in the first round without the top player on a team that completed an NBA record 73-9 mark in the regular season. The hold at 3-1 series lead over the Rockets, with Game 5 scheduled for Wednesday at Oracle Arena.
The injury occurred Sunday in Game 4. Running back on defense just before the end of the half, Curry’s foot slipped on a wet spot left by Houston forward Donatas Motiejunas, who stumbled seconds before Curry entered the area.
Curry fell awkwardly, his knee twisted and he limped off the floor and into the locker room. Though he tried to come back in the second half, the Warriors decided not to clear him until there was a definitive diagnosis.