Golden State Warriors superstar Stephen Curry will not play in Game 3 of the Western Conference semifinals on Saturday against the Portland Trail Blazers.
Curry, who suffered an ankle injury during the first round of the playoffs against the Houston Rockets, is recovering from a sprained knee he suffered during the same series. The reigning MVP has missed his team’s last three playoff games.
Curry has a slight chance of playing in Game 4 of the semifinals, Warriors coach Steve Kerr said. The Warriors hold a 2-0 lead over the Trail Blazers in the series.
The Warriors have kept things rolling without Curry, having lost only one game this postseason. Curry averaged 30.1 points per game in the regular season, shooting 45.4 percent from beyond the arc and 50.4 percent from the field. Curry has played in two games during the playoffs, averaging 15 points per game on 45.5-percent shooting.
Despite the Warriors’ temporary loss of Curry, players such as Draymond Green and Klay Thompson have stepped up. Green has averaged 20 points, 13.5 rebounds and 9.0 assists per game during the Portland series. Thompson had a solid Game 1, scoring 37 points, and he is averaging 32 points per game in two games against the Trail Blazers.
But to advance and succeed in the later rounds, the Warriors would like to have Curry back at full strength.
The Trail Blazers have been able to compete with the Warriors (Portland led Golden State 87-76 at the end of the third quarter in Game 2), but it appears unnecessary for Kerr to play Curry in a series in which his on-court contributions are not desperately needed.
Assuming the Warriors advance to the next round, they would certainly need Curry to be healthy in order to play well against the winner of the San Antonio Spurs-Oklahoma City Thunder series.