Steve Kerr says Curry won't play in first round

The two-time NBA MVP suffered a Grade 2 MCL sprain in Friday night's win over the Atlanta Hawks. He'll be evaluated by team doctors in three weeks.

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In a press conference before Sunday's home loss to the Utah Jazz, Golden State Warriors head coach Steve Kerr says there's "no way" guard Stephen Curry plays in the first round of the upcoming playoffs, per ESPN.

On Friday night, in a win over the Atlanta Hawks, his first game following after missing six games right ankle sprain, teammate JaVale McGee fell on Curry's left leg.

Curry instantly began limping in pain and left the game not to return. A subsequent MRI revealed a grade 2 sprain of his left knee. He'll be re-evaluated in three weeks per the team.

There's no way he's playing in the first round. There's no way. I mean, he'll be re-evaluated in three weeks. So, yeah, we have to be ready to play without him and see how he's coming along.

Steve Kerr
Head coach, Golden State Warriors

Curry would speak after Kerr, saying "staying positive and staying upbeat" would be the key in the three weeks.

"It was a confusing one, because I didn't know exactly what it was," he said about the injury. "I felt my MCL before with the thing in Houston, but I didn't feel that same type of pain, so I didn't know what it was ... It's kind of funny, I can joke about it now, first thing I heard from the crowd was 'where are the high tops,' because they thought it was my ankle. But anyway, it felt good to get back to the bench and just understand my knee is OK, stable, and figure out how bad the damage was in that sense and just stay positive through it. I didn't feel like it was a season-ending or anything."

"I'll be out for a little bit and get back to playing eventually.