It’s safe to say that the injury bug has bitten the Golden State Warriors in a big way.
The Warriors are slated to be without Stephen Curry, Draymond Green, and Shaun Livingston when they take on the Brooklyn Nets on Saturday. While Curry on the injured list isn’t ideal, head coach Steve Kerr was pleased with the results of Curry’s MRI and believes that “it could have been a lot worse.”
From Monte Poole of NBC Sports Bay Area:
“He’s pretty bummed out, but the MRI was basically good news,” Kerr said. “This doesn’t look like it’s going to be a long-term injury. He’s disappointed, but it could have been a lot worse.”
The Warriors are officially calling Curry’s injury a “moderate left groin strain,” and the team plans to monitor the results of the MRI over the next few days. Curry suffered the injury in Thursday’s game against the Milwaukee Bucks and was forced to exit with 3:41 remaining in the third quarter.
Just minutes after the injury occurred on Thursday, the Warriors announced that Curry would not return to the game. Prior to the injury, Curry scored just 10 points and missed all four of his attempts from three.
This is the first setback Curry has had to deal with during the 2018-19 season. However, the Warriors guard spent quite a bit of time on the injured list last season. Curry dealt with a tweaked ankle that forced him to miss 11 games in December. He also suffered a Grade 2 MCL sprain late in the regular season that kept him out until Game 2 of the Western semifinals against the New Orleans Pelicans. Upon returning from that injury, Curry averaged 25.5 points and shot 39.5 percent from beyond the arc throughout Golden State’s NBA title run.
The Warriors are unfortunately very familiar with not having Curry in their lineup. When Curry went down last season, Kerr elected to elevate Quinn Cook to the starting lineup and it was a decision that ended up paying off. Cook averaged 9.5 points and 2.7 assists in 33 regular season games (18 starts) during the second half of the 2017-18 season.
“He gives us a great perimeter threat,” Kerr said of Cook. “He scored so well for us last year, when Steph was out. And he plays so well with (Kevin Durant). He’s smart, he’s tough and he gets us into our offense really well.
“He’s a guy who understands that without Steph on the floor, we’re not going to be in nearly as many random offensive possessions. So we’ve got to have more play calls, we’ve got to execute better, we’ve got to set screens, we’ve got to get everybody in the right position.”
Cook hasn’t played quite the high number of minutes this season, but has been productive when he’s been on the court. The former Duke Blue Devil is shooting 48.9 percent from the field and averaging 6.9 points off the team’s bench. Without Curry and Livingston in the Golden State backcourt, Cook will look to rise to the occasion yet again.