OAKLAND, Calif., Sporting Alert – Golden State Warriors will have to do without star guard Stephen Curry for at least two weeks, the club announced on Monday.
Curry sprained his right knee in Sunday’s Game 4 win over the Houston Rockets after slipping on a wet spot on the floor in the closing minutes of the second quarter, which forced him to miss the rest of the contest.
The reigning MVP went for a check up on Monday where an MRI revealed a Grade 1 MCL sprain in his right knee and he will need to miss at least two weeks with the problem.
A Statement from the Warriors read:
Warriors guard Stephen Curry underwent an MRI this morning that revealed a Grade 1 MCL sprain in his right knee. He will be re-evaluated in two weeks.
Curry suffered the injury on the last play of the first half of Game 4 last night at Houston and was diagnosed with a sprained right knee by the team’s medical staff on site.
Curry, who returned at the weekend for Game 4, had missed Game 2 and Game 3 of the first-round series with an ankle problem.
“Thanks 4 all the prayers & messages,” Curry tweeted. “Can feel all the positive energy. God is Great! All things considered I’m Gonna be alright!”
Thanks 4 all the prayers & messages. Can feel all the positive energy. God is Great! All things considered I’m Gonna be alright! #DubNation
— Stephen Curry (@StephenCurry30) April 25, 2016
“He was standing there crying, you know, and like, ‘Dog, just get out of here. We’ll hold you down,'” Warriors star forward Draymond Green told ESPN Radio’s Kevin Calabro and Jon Barry after the game.
“We gotta support him, you know, and be there for him. I mean, he came out and obviously gave it a go, wasn’t 100 percent, and he gave it a go, and it’s unfortunate that that happened.
“But at the end of the day, one thing we’ve always talked about is our depth, and we’ve gotta use that to win games, and so we used that tonight.”
The Warriors are 3-2 this season without Curry.
Teammate and fellow backcourt partner Klay Thompson revealed what happened when their star man went down at half time.
“We knew as soon as Steph went down we were going to have to do it ourselves,” Thompson said.
“The ball was swinging around, Draymond got hot, I made a couple and the floor opened up, and we were just patient and having good shots. That’s why we were successful.”
Curry, who has played a total of 39 minutes in the 2016 playoffs series with Houston, is averaging 15 points per game and is turning the ball over 4.5 times during this period.