Stephen curry's latest injury has the warriors asking big questions inspirational graduation quotes for students

Stephen curry’s latest injury has the warriors asking big questions inspirational graduation quotes for students

OAKLAND — these warriors have dealt with injuries before. In fact, this season, they seem as practiced at dealing with injuries as any team in the NBA.

Stephen curry, kevin durant, draymond green, andre iguodala, david west, jordan bell, patrick mccaw, and even ironman klay thompson have missed chunks of time this year, resulting in the warriors failing to land the top seed in the western conference playoffs for the first time in four years. And yet, despite the inconsistent lineups and the team’s almost consistent less-than-inspiring play, the first 82 games of the 2017-18 campaign have remained perfunctory and the postseason outcome preordained — it seemed as if nothing could undercut the warriors’ sense that despite a trying regular season, everything was going to be fine come april, may, and june.

But when stephen curry sprained his left MCL friday night against the hawks, that sense of security evaporated — that bubble of thought burst.Curry sprained

We won’t know the full extent of curry’s injury until he has an MRI on saturday — he could miss a few games and be back and fully healthy well before the start of the postseason, or he could be out the rest of the year — but in the absence of concrete information, minds typically veer towards the worst-case scenario.

There are three weeks until the playoffs start and the western conference seems as strong as ever. So maybe, with curry injured, that inevitable matchup with the rockets in the western conference finals is off the table. Perhaps that fourth-straight NBA finals appearance went down with curry on friday. Extrapolate things out further and you can find yourself in a dark place — one where you’re thinking about this dynasty’s window closing in unceremonious fashion.

Now, curry has been injured before, and I have no interest in being an alarmist — again, curry’s injury could be minor at best — but friday night’s injury certainly gave out different reverberations than his ankle rolls.Locker room

Curry’s injury might not have solely created that mood, but it’s certainly the most significant injury amid a rather incredible run of bad injury luck for this team. All four of the warriors’ four all-stars are currently injured, and the injuries don’t stop there. In a brief moment of comedy friday, kerr joked that the warriors might not have enough bodies for the postseason. He was kidding, but there’s a grain of truth in every joke. (AP photo/jeff chiu)

Something different, but familiar, too. Remember: curry sprained his right MCL in the 2016 playoffs, which, you also might recall, didn’t go all that well for the dubs.

“it’s like a juju or something on us,” mcgee said. “I’ve never been a part of a team where everyone got injured, especially the starters. It’s kind of scary, to tell you the truth.”

Those quotes might seem over the top, but they fit the mood to a T. I’ve been around this team for four years, and there are have been a lot of ups and some not-so-insignificant downs in that time, but friday night’s postgame atmosphere was almost disproportionately somber and on-edge.Western conference

When curry went back to the locker room late in the third quarter friday, oracle arena went on lock-down. Curtains were pulled, extra security was placed in the hallway outside of the warriors’ locker room, and anxiety was the feeling du jour.

After the game — a warriors win, by the way — some warriors, like the injured kevin durant, tried to be positive in regards to curry’s injury, but there was mostly negative energy, chippy projections (both andre iguodala and jordan bell made unprompted, unspecific, and frankly unnecessary not-so-under-their-breath derogatory comments about the media in the locker room after the game), and a general sense of “what’s next?”. (doug duran/bay area news group) doug duran/bay area news group)

The warriors don’t need curry to return until the playoffs — golden state could play me 15 minutes a game and still lock up the no. 2 seed in the western conference playoffs, and the no. 1 seed has realistically been out of reach for a few weeks — but this injury could keep him out for longer than that.Curry’s injury

The emphasis in that last sentence is on “could”. There’s no use in me playing doctor — I don’t know what happened, and there are real ones on the case.

The warriors have already announced curry has sprained his MCL. The best-case scenario is that the sprain (an overstretching or tearing of the ligaments), is only a grade 1 injury. That could bring him back in a matter of weeks, possibly before the playoffs start.

And while there was speculation of the severity of curry’s injury floating through the hallways of oracle arena and across the cell phones of parties involved, that’s speculation. MRIs don’t speculate, and one is scheduled for saturday.

Should curry miss playoff time — any playoff time — it will no doubt throw a wrench in golden state’s long-laid plans — the ones, rooted in confidence and experience, that they have held steadfast, despite their frequently uninspiring play and houston’s incendiary run of form.Curry sprained

The western conference is a battle royale, with seven teams vying for six spots and changing seedings on a near nightly basis. As of friday night, denver, the no. 9 team in the west — putting them outside of the playoff picture — is 3.5 games out of home-court advantage in the first round.

There are teams that the warriors would feel comfortable beating without curry (though it might take a bit longer than usual) — minnesota, denver, new orleans, and san antonio (so long as kawhi leonard isn’t playing).

And if curry isn’t around to play in a first-round series against those teams, or if he’s not the explosive curry that is at the heart of so much of what makes golden state special on offense (something just as detrimental, as evidenced in the 2016 playoffs) those three teams pose serious matchup problems. It’s hardly outlandish to foresee a warriors first-round loss.

That’s just the first round. What if curry isn’t back or hobbled for the second round?Western conference or the third? So many like to prognosticate that these warriors could win a title without one of their superstars — a commentary on how loaded golden state’s roster is — but what happens when that’s no longer a water cooler conversation and the warriors have to prove their superiority against their best challenger over the last four years (yes, better than the 2016 thunder and cavs) without the man that’s so integral to what they do?