Curry could miss two weeks
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP):
Warriors coach Steve Kerr says that while Stephen Curry's sprained ankle is not ideal, it may actually help his team in the long run.
Curry is expected to miss about two weeks with a sprained right ankle, starting with last night's game against his hometown team, the Charlotte Hornets.
"In a weird way, it's a good thing for our team," Kerr said. "Obviously I want all of our players healthy. ... I think big picture-wise over the next couple weeks it's an opportunity for our team to get better because we have to. We have no choice."
Curry, wearing a blue Warriors hoodie, took in the latter part of the Warriors' morning shoot around from the tunnel next to the court, but declined interview requests through the team's public relations department.
He was on crutches and had his right ankle in a protective boot.
The two-time league MVP Curry landed awkwardly on the E'Twaun Moore's foot while going for a late steal in a 125-115 comeback win Monday night at New Orleans. He scored 31 points before the injury and is averaging 26.3 points, 6.6 assists and 5.1 rebounds per game this season.
Curry said after the game it was a "dumb play. I got caught on E'Twaun's shoe as I went by him and couldn't catch myself."
Kerr confirmed yesterday that Curry's ankle is structurally intact.
"All things considered it was good news," Kerr said of the MRI results. "Hopefully it will be a couple, or a few weeks, and he will be back. It's not anything that's too serious."
"A team like ours, I think we will respond well without Steph because you feel threatened when all of a sudden you are without one of your best guys and you realise you are vulnerable," Kerr said. "When you are vulnerable you tend to have your guard up a little bit. I anticipate that will happen."
While the Warriors have another league MVP they can turn to in Kevin Durant to carry the load, Kerr made it clear that Curry is the "guy who makes us go".
"We have great players but Steph is the engineer, Everything revolves around him so we are going to have adapt and execute better," Kerr said.