The Warriors will be without two-time NBA Most Valuable Player Stephen Curry for the first round of the playoffs, head coach Steve Kerr told reporters, including The Athletic’s Anthony Slater (Twitter link).
“There’s no way he’s playing in the first round, there’s no way,” Kerr said. “He’s being reevaluated in three weeks. We have to be ready to play without him and then see how he’s coming along. Good thing is we’ve been through this, we went through it last year with [Kevin Durant].”
Curry returned to the court on Friday after he missed six games with an ankle injury. However, in the third quarter, teammate JaVale McGee landed on Curry’s left leg after a block attempt, forcing him to exit the game. He was initially diagnosed with a left MCL sprain and an MRI revealed a grade 2 left MCL sprain. The prognosis was for Curry to be reevaluated in three weeks.
Curry spoke to reporters after Kerr and said he hopes to be back in time for the first round despite Kerr’s prognosis (Twitter link).
“Hopefully I prove what coach said wrong and put myself in position to get back as soon as possible,” Curry said.
In 51 games this season, Curry has averaged 26.4 PPG, 6.1 APG, and 5.1 RPG.