Coming into the 2018-19 NBA season, the injury concern surrounding Steph Curry was mostly related to his left ankle. He suffered multiple sprains last season and never seemed to shake the problem. We thought there was a possibility that he would need a procedure to tighten the ligaments in his ankle, and we still haven’t ruled out the possibility down the road.
But that’s not the injury that is currently keeping Steph Curry on the sidelines. Curry suffered a left groin strain last Thursday and was visibly bothered by the injury as he walked to the locker room. An MRI on Friday morning confirmed a “mild to moderate” strain. The Warriors said the results were “encouraging,” but did not provide a timetable for Curry’s return.
Before the MRI results came back, Curry said that he was unsure of how long the injury would keep him out for. “I’m not nervous. I have nothing to go off of. If this was an ankle I could tell you four days, 12 days. But I will see tomorrow… I’ve honestly never done this before so I have nothing to go off of.”
Curry has now missed 2 games, and he’s expected to miss Monday night’s matchup as well. The point guard was reportedly “feeling better” on Saturday, a sign he’s trending in the right direction. The Inside Injuries algorithm has calculated a mild, grade 1 strain and a 3 week Optimal Recovery Time. That means Curry won’t be back to 100% until the end of November. If he returns anytime this month, he will be at a High Risk of Re-Injury. This is one of those injuries where it’s important to allow it to fully heal the first time so it doesn’t become a lingering problem.
The Warriors lost Thursday’s matchup with the Bucks when Curry got hurt, but they proved they can do just fine without their MVP caliber point guard last season when Curry missed the first round of the playoffs with an MCL sprain. Quinn Cook will take over most of Curry’s minutes.