"No Way" Steph Curry Plays In NBA Playoffs First Round

The Weekly Dish Presented by Mountain Dew Kickstart        By Brian Witt

He clearly wasn't totally himself in the 2016 playoffs when he returned from that knee injury, which helped ruin that historic season.

"Hopefully I prove what coach said was wrong and put myself in position to get back as soon as possible", said Curry.

Given that the playoffs begin in mid-April, Curry will miss postseason games. 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. That definitely isn't good news for a team whose throne is legitimately being challenged by the Rockets this season. After all, the Warriors don't need Curry to get past round 1.

If the Warriors were healthy, this would be an excellent game, but with their injury list the way it is the Jazz should have no problem earning a relatively comfortable win.

Well, history normally has the answers to the future. "The injury to Curry occurred when Warriors" center JaVale McGee careened into Curry accidentally on a block attempt. But, that time Durant was the lone injured one of the group rehabbing a left knee injury, while the other three simply rested.

When Curry was asked on Sunday if he believes he came back too early during that post-season run, he darted past the question as if it was a defender on the break.

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Unfortunately for Golden State, right now, they're down each of their four all-stars. Durant also suffered a tibial bone bruise along with that MCL sprain. He only finished in the high 20-shot range in two games, though. While the Durant-Thompson-Green trio can dominate an opponent without Curry, that combination sees a similar dip with Curry out . He takes on the responsibility to not only score the ball more, but also lock in defensively without the captain in the lineup. The injury kept him out for almost a month and a half.

It seems like the Warriors have avoided a worst case scenario for now, but their margin for error may not be as wide as in recent years.

How will this affect the Warriors?

"He's being re-evaluated in three weeks, so we have to be ready to play without him then see how he's coming along".

What's certain, though, is that the Warriors will continue missing their two-time MVP and floor general out there on the court.

Durant, is the Warrior who benefits the most from Curry's absence, as he averages 29.9 ppg, 7.6 rpg and 5.5 apg. Klay Thompson, for example, has an effective field goal percentage (eFG%) almost 14 percent worse when Curry's off the floor. Not much was expected after George was dealt to Oklahoma City in July. I'm not saying that Durant doesn't make the Warriors "great", he does, but Curry transforms the team, where they're almost untouchable with his ability to stretch defenses to their limits.

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