The defending champion Golden State Warriors may be in trouble as Stephen Curry can’t seem to stay healthy.
Stephen Curry was his MVP-self for 25 minutes, scoring 29 points in fewer than three quarters. JaVale McGee inadvertently fell backward after a contest at the rim right into Curry’s left leg, shown below:
Steph Curry was visibly upset, and limped to the locker room after this apparent left leg injury. pic.twitter.com/GLzsV2jtWM
— SportsCenter (@SportsCenter) March 24, 2018
Curry left the game, noticeably upset. He did not return, and today it was official: Curry has a grade 2 MCL sprain in his left knee, per Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN.
Steph Curry suffered a Grade 2 MCL sprain in his left knee, league source tells ESPN. He will be re-evaluated in three weeks. He could return near start of playoffs. All in all, good news for the Warriors.
— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) March 24, 2018
Sometimes, things just don’t work out the way you planned. That has been the season-long story for superstar Stephen Curry. He has missed multiple games this year due to a right ankle that has plagued him his whole career.
It is great news that Curry will return this season, but his re-evaluation is another three weeks away. Former-MVP teammate Kevin Durant suffered this injury last year, and he missed just under 6 weeks. Wojnarowski reported he could return near the start of the playoffs, but this may be a very optimistic outcome.
Curry has been exceptionally durable for the last five seasons. He has barely missed time and found himself the winner of two championships in three years. Not to mention he has two MVP awards, with the unanimous MVP from 2015-2016 being the most absurdly unreal offensive season the NBA has ever witnessed.
He’s dealt with nagging injuries all year long. Curry re-injured his ankle on December 4th, then missed 11 games. He sprained it again on January 10th, missing two games. Then, on March 2nd, he sprained it another time, played through it for a half, then left later in the second half. Somehow, he sprained it again on March 8th and missed every game up until last night against the Atlanta Hawks.
The Warriors have seemed unbeatable for just about three seasons, but the injuries are piling up this season are a reminder that nothing in the NBA is certain. Luck turns against you just as quickly as it falls your way.