Stephen Curry Sprains Right Knee During Game 4; Out At Least 2 Weeks
Golden State Warriors’ MVP, Stephen Curry, sprained his right knee during Game 4 vs. the Houston Rockets. He injured his knee when he slipped on the floor while trying to defend Trevor Ariza during the last play of the 1st half.
Immediately when Curry was off the court, there was a momentary state of panic for the Warriors fans as they saw Stephen’s tears, which expressed his devotion and eagerness to get back in the game after being told he could not play.
This was Curry’s first game back after twisting his right ankle in Game 1. He missed both Game 2 and Game 3, where Houston ended up stealing a game at home.
“Get out of here,” Draymond Green told Curry. “Don’t let them see you like this. Don’t let them see you cry. We will hold you down. We got this. We will win this for you.”
Curry limped severely as he staggered to the locker room. Rockets’ fans began to cheer, but his absence was said to have emotionally charged the Warriors, as their performance in the 2nd half reflected Green’s words. The Warriors won the game 121-94, and took a 3-1 series lead.
According to Marcus Thompson, reporter of the Bay Area News Group, after the game, Curry was back to himself and his faith had returned. He was smiling, laughing and enjoying a plate of food from Morton’s steakhouse, with his swollen knee wrapped in injury tape. Curry bowed his head in a group prayer outside the Toyota Center after leaving Game 4 with a noticeable limp, before boarding the team bus.
Many immediately took to twitter to question Stephen Curry’s manhood due to his open expression during the game. Some say he showed weakness, while many shared their thoughts on his strength, devotion and passion, as well as their concerns about his condition.
The Warriors sent Stephen Curry in for an MRI on Monday which revealed no additional damage, however, he is expected to be out for at least two weeks. This could mean that he would miss the remainder of the first-round series against the Rockets and the first 2-3 games of their second-round series against the Clippers or Blazers.
Who Takes Curry’s Starting Role?
Without Curry, Shaun Livingston is expected to start at point guard. Livingston has played well in Curry’s absence, but the loss of Curry takes away the Warriors most powerful offensive weapon and it fundamentally changes the geometry of the floor. It forces worse players to step in to fill Livingston’s role, which weakens the bench.
Nevertheless, the news of the MRI results was mild relief for Warriors fans who feared the worse as they watched Curry’s injury.
(Stephen Curry Sprains Right Knee During Game 4)