Stephen Curry will miss at least two weeks after his slip on Donatas Motiejunas' sweat mark in Houston has resulted in a Grade 1 sprain of his MCL in his right knee. After two weeks, the Warriors say they will re-evaluate him.
No matter what, he won't be playing against the Rockets again this season. The Rockets are down 3-1 and Game 5 is in Oakland, the same city place where the Warriors beat the Rockets in Game 2 without Curry, except this time they have more time to prepare to be without their superstar.
Stephen Curry update: pic.twitter.com/lJRK6XOfpq— WarriorsPR (@WarriorsPR) April 25, 2016
No one should wish injury on any player, and it's good that one of the most electrifying players in the NBA isn't seriously injured. It's theoretically good for the Rockets that the time Curry misses will be against them. But it's hard to be filled with too much hope after watching the team's epic collapse after Curry went down in Game 4.
At the same time, Patrick Beverley is day-to-day with his hamstring injury, meaning the Rockets have the vastly inferior point guard rotation in this series still. I'd take Shaun Livington-Leandro Barbosa-Ian Clark over hobbled Beverley-Jason Terry-Andrew Goudelock any day of the week and twice on Sunday.
The Rockets should be 2-2 in this serious, arguably up 3-1. If they had played with pride and passion to this point, they would have a great shot at shocking the world and taking advantage, setting up a matchup with the Clippers or Blazers. Instead, they have to win three straight games — two on the road — against a Warriors team already confident they can beat Houston without Curry. It's incredibly unlikely.