Steve Kerr rules out Stephen Curry for playoffs' first round
ABS-CBN Sports on Mar 26, 2018 07:30 AM
FILE - DENVER, CO - NOVEMBER 4: Stephen Curry #30 of the Golden State Warriors warms up before the game against the Denver Nuggets on November 4, 2017 at the Pepsi Center in Denver, Colorado.(Photo by Bart Young/NBAE via Getty Images)
By Janie McCauley, Associated Press
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Stephen Curry will miss the first round of the playoffs next month because of a sprained left knee.
Coach Steve Kerr on Sunday (Monday, PHL time) ruled out the two-time MVP for the best-of-seven first round in the Western Conference playoffs. The Warriors are expected to be the No. 2 seed.
An MRI exam Saturday (Sunday, PHL time) showed a Grade 2 sprain of his medial collateral ligament and the team said Curry would be re-evaluated in three weeks — that would be April 14 and a possible Game 1 of the playoffs for Golden State.
"There's no way he's playing in the first round," Kerr said.
Curry had returned from a six-game absence after his latest right ankle injury Friday night (Saturday, PHL time) only to injure his left knee. In the third quarter of a victory against Atlanta, center JaVale McGee fell into him. Curry hobbled off the court grimacing, sat on the bench and put his head down.
Kerr expects Kevin Durant to return this coming week from fractured rib cartilage, while Draymond Green had been set to return Sunday (Monday, PHL time) from a pelvic contusion before being ruled out with flu-like symptoms.
"Well, we've got to hold down the fort," Kerr said. "We've got enough. We're blessed with a great roster, a lot of depth and so let's get going. Let's play and let's compete and hold down the fort. There's no reason why we can't come out and really play well down the stretch and be ready for the playoffs and then maybe we get Steph back and we'll see what happens."