Golden State Warriors superstar Steph Curry could miss three weeks due to a sprained ligament in his left foot during Wednesday night’s loss to the Boston Celtics, per Shams Charania of The Athletic.
The main concern now is to make sure the sharpshooter is 100% healthy for the playoffs considering the regular season ends in a little over three weeks. Golden State currently holds the No. 3 seed in the Western Conference with a 47-23 record.
It’s a well-known fact just how important Curry is to the Warriors’ fortunes. Since 2012, in seasons in which he’s played 50 games, the team holds a 492-210 record, which is a staggering 70.1% winning percentage.
When he broke his hand two seasons, limiting his 2019-20 campaign to just five games, the Warriors were one of the worst teams in the NBA with a 15-50 record.
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The 34-year-old continued putting up strong numbers this season, averaging 25.5 points and 6.3 assists per game while shooting 38% from three-point range. This after he led the NBA in scoring last year with 32 points per game and finished third in the MVP voting behind Nikola Jokic and Joel Embiid.
Wednesday night saw Curry tangle with Celtics guard Marcus Smart, who seemed to have rolled on the foot of the Warriors star. He left the game just before halftime and did not return.
Steph Curry did not return to the game after an apparent injury on this play.
Steve Kerr seemed unhappy with Marcus Smart. pic.twitter.com/MyD0ppVQtY
— ESPN (@espn) March 17, 2022
Smart’s role in the play angered Warriors head coach Steve Kerr:
Here’s the full Steph Curry update from Steve Kerr, plus his take on what he felt was a “dangerous” play from Marcus Smart pic.twitter.com/RhEMvHc0my
— Anthony Slater (@anthonyVslater) March 17, 2022
His teammate, Draymond Green had a different view of the play, however.
“I can’t call it a dirty play. I will say that was probably an unnecessary dive,” he said. “The ball is literally in front of him, so if anything, you can say it was unnecessary, but I can’t call that a dirty play.”
The foot injury is just the latest ailment that Curry has dealt with this season. He’s also contended with hip, quad, and hand issues — though none of them sidelined him for an extended period of time.