The Golden State Warriors have been a roster that has been turmoil in recent weeks.
Kevin Durant and Draymond Green got into a heated altercation during Monday’s loss to the Los Angeles Clippers. That was after superstar guard Stephen Curry landed on the injured list due to a groin injury. On Wednesday, the Warriors announced that Curry won’t play on the team’s upcoming three-game road trip.
The team also announced that Curry will be re-evaluated in 10 days to determine when he could possibly return to the court. The Warriors are calling the injury a “mild to moderate strained left groin.”
Golden State begins their three-game road trip on Thursday when they face the Houston Rockets. The Warriors also will take on the Dallas Mavericks and San Antonio Spurs this coming weekend before returning to the Bay Area.
Curry originally suffered the injury in the third quarter of a game against the Milwaukee Bucks on Nov. 8. The Warriors guard was forced to leave the contest with 3:41 remaining in the third quarter and the Bucks ended up coming away with a dominant 134-111 victory.
Just minutes after the injury occurred, 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.
Head coach Steve Kerr obviously prefers to have Curry in the lineup, but was “pleased” when it came to the results of Curry’s MRI following the injury. In addition, Kerr feels fortunate that the team has a suitable replacement like Quinn Cook that they can turn to in Curry’s place.
“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.”
The Warriors definitely don’t want to see Curry suffer through various injuries like he did last season. It’s very likely that the team will take their time getting Curry back on the floor and will want to make sure that he is 100 percent healthy.