Golden State Warriors star Stephen Curry is out indefinitely with a sprained ligament in his left foot, according to The Athletic’s Shams Charania. X-rays after the Warriors’ game against the Boston Celtics on Wednesday reportedly did not reveal any fractures or significant structural damage. Curry will see specialists, and there is optimism that he will be available when the playoffs begin, according to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski and Ramona Shelburne.
Late in the second quarter at Chase Center, Marcus Smart collided with Curry as the Celtics guard dove on the floor for a loose ball. Curry had to check out of the game and did not return.
After the Warriors’ 110-88 loss, coach Steve Kerr called Smart’s dive “dangerous.” He also expressed his displeasure directly to Smart during the game. “He’s a hell of a player, gamer, a competitor,” Kerr told reporters. “I coached him in the World Cup a few summers ago. We talked after the game and we’re good. But I thought it was a dangerous play.”
For Golden State, a sprained ligament is far from the worst outcome — The Athletic described the diagnosis as a sigh of relief — but losing Curry is a significant setback. Only 12 regular-season games remain for the Warriors, and they wanted to use the final few weeks to solidify their rotation and find a rhythm heading into the playoffs. Klay Thompson didn’t make his debut until January and Draymond Green recently returned from an absence that lasted more than two months, so Curry has played a total of 11 minutes this season with both of them by his side.
That is a frighteningly low number, not necessarily for those three champions but for the rest of the team. Everything that Golden State does on offense revolves around Curry, and everything he does is enhanced by Green’s playmaking and Thompson’s movement. The Warriors will play the same style with Curry out, but it won’t work the same way. This season, with Curry on the court, they’ve scored 115.2 points per 100 possessions with a +10.2 point differential, according to Cleaning The…