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Is Steph Curry’s Knee Injury Going To Derail The Warriors’ Chances Of Winning Another NBA Title?

Submitted by on April 26, 2016 – 11:30 amNo Comment

A week ago, the Golden State Warriors looked like they were definitely the favorites to win the 2016 NBA Finals. Their star Steph Curry injured his ankle in Game 1 of the Warriors’ playoff series against the Houston Rockets and eventually missed Games 2 and 3, but that was actually seen as a blessing in disguise in a sense. It gave the Warriors the chance to show what they could do without Curry and it gave Curry a couple of games to get himself healthy again. Things were looking up for the team.

That changed in a heartbeat on Sunday when Curry injured his right knee on a weird play that involved him slipping on a wet spot on the court in Houston. He made his way to the sidelines, and it appeared as though his injury might be bad. There was even some talk about him possibly missing the remainder of the 2016 NBA Playoffs due to the injury.

On Monday afternoon, Warriors fans got some good news when Golden State revealed that Curry only had a Grade 1 MCL sprain. It will likely sideline him for at least two weeks, but the outcome could have been much worse for the Warriors. Their title hopes likely would have been derailed completely if Curry’s MCL was sprained worse or torn. And on Monday night, the Warriors got another boost—albeit one that they didn’t necessarily want to get—when Los Angeles Clippers star Chris Paul broke a bone in his hand during his team’s loss to the Portland Trail Blazers. His teammate Blake Griffin also tweaked a quad injury he’s been dealing with, and suddenly, it doesn’t look like the Clippers are going to pose a real threat to the Warriors in the second round of the playoffs, assuming both teams make it through the first round.

At this point, the Warriors really couldn’t have asked for a better situation, given the circumstances surrounding Curry. Without their leader, they likely would have struggled with the Clippers in the second round. But as it stands now, Golden State should be able to beat both the Rockets and either the Clippers or Trail Blazers en route to the Western Conference Finals, even if they don’t have Curry much during the first or second rounds. They will need him back for their WCF matchup against either the San Antonio Spurs or Oklahoma City Thunder, but for now, the Warriors are back in the driver’s seat.

It’s been a scary last week for Golden State, but after all is said and done, they should still be considered the favorites to win the title this year—even though they’re going to have to take a path that they weren’t necessarily planning on taking to get back to the Finals.

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