As the Golden State Warriors prepare for their first-round matchup against the San Antonio Spurs, they know they will be without their star for the entire first round.
In the media scrum on Thursday, Steve Kerr announced that nothing has changed. He expects that Stephen Curry will miss the entire first round series, and at earliest he might be ready for the second round if they are able to get past the Spurs.
Official re-evaluation comes Saturday, but expectation remains that Steph Curry won't play a minute in the first round, Steve Kerr said.
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Curry has been out since March 23rd with a grade two MCL Sprain and although he is getting closer to a return, he just isn’t quite ready yet.
That means the Warriors will hand the keys over to Quinn Cook who has done a good job starting in place of Curry at the point guard position. He has played 33 games this year averaging 9.5 points, 2.7 assists, and 2.5 rebounds per game. He has shot 48.4 percent from the field and 44.2 percent from deep.
Cook is just a rookie but he has shown enough poise that the Warriors have rained their confidence on him. They also rewarded him with a two-year contract so that he could be on the postseason roster.
Without Curry, more pressure will be carried by the likes of Kevin Durant, Draymond Green, and Klay Thompson.
They are going to need to have one of those guys to step up because the way the team has looked the last few weeks, there is cause for concern about how well this team will do without their leader.