Golden State Warriors superstar Stephen Curry will miss at least two weeks with a sprained MCL in his right leg.
A MRI performed on Monday revealed the diagnosis, which is the least severe grade of sprain that was possible in this case.
“I was with [Curry] at the MRI today and he was pleased at the outcome,” Golden State GM Bob Myers told ESPN on Monday. “From our perspective, relatively good news.”
Myers, who said that the reigning NBA MVP will not need surgery, said that the two-week recovery time is an estimate.
“We said two weeks, but that’s no guarantee that it will be in two weeks, might be after two weeks, might be before,” explained Myers. “But I think it will be somewhere in that range, hopefully.”
Curry sprained his right knee Sunday in the team’s 121-94 game 4 first round playoff victory over the Houston Rockets.
It was a huge blow to Golden State as Curry had just returned to the lineup after missing the previous two playoff games with a sprained right ankle.
The Warriors lead the Rockets 3-1 in the series.
In other NBA playoff injury news, the Los Angeles Clippers’ Chris Paul fractured his right hand Monday in the Clips’ 98-84 game 4 first round playoff loss to the Portland Trail Blazers.
Paul was hurt with 6:07 remaining in the third period while guarding Gerald Henderson.
Though he will be examined again by doctors on Tuesday, the team believes that Paul will most likely need surgery and miss the rest of the playoffs.
“It doesn’t look good for him,” said Clippers head coach Doc Rivers.
And in the ’when it rains it pours’ department, the Clips’ other superstar, Blake Griffin, injured his left quad in the contest and according to Rivers has a 50 percent chance of playing in Game 5 on Wednesday.
That series is tied at 2-2.