Golden State Warriors star Stephen Curry has been riddled with injuries recently, affecting the team this late in the season.
The NBA three-point king averages 29.4 points, 6.3 rebounds, and 6.4 assists on 49.5 percent shooting, and his absences on the court put a huge void in the Warrior offense.
Curry, 34, recently injured his left leg during their matchup against the No. 6 Dallas Mavericks last Saturday. An MRI showed partial tears to his superior tibiofibular ligament and interosseous membrane. According to the report, the Warriors superstar also had a lower leg contusion.
The incident happened when the Chef defended McKinley Wright IV, who was driving toward the basket. Unfortunately, they banged knees with Curry being sent to the stands. He was limping afterward.
Although the Dubs managed to hold off Dallas 119-113, they will play without their leader. He is expected to miss multiple weeks because of his injury, which is crucial, especially with the team as the eighth seed.
But that is just one of the injuries Curry suffered this season. Since last year, he has had five injuries that rendered him ineligible to play.
January 20, 2023
The Warriors went on a road trip without all of their best players. Draymond Green, Klay Thompson, and Andrew Wiggins were out. Thus a depleted Dubs faced the Cleveland Cavaliers. Curry was also ruled out of the game due to hip tightness.
Fortunately, they won the game 120-114.
December 14, 2022
Probably one of the worst injuries Curry had. The Chef suffered a partial dislocation of his left shoulder during their match against the Indiana Pacers. You can also see how painful it was just by checking the video:
It was also a crucial time for the superstar to be sidelined. They were 14-14, and following the loss against the Pacers, the Warriors went on to have four more defeats before going on a five-game win streak.
December 7, 2022
During the Warriors’ matchup with Utah Jazz, Curry was sidelined due to left ankle soreness. Many speculated that the NBA three-point king suffered the injury because of his heavy load to keep his team in the playoff picture.
As a result of his absence, the four-time NBA champs were defeated by the Jazz in a tight game, 123-124.
November 4 and 21, 2022
Days after the NBA 2022-’23 season officially began, Curry was sidelined because of an elbow injury.
The Warriors struggled at the start of the season, suffering a five-game losing streak—all on the road. Adding more “salt to the wound,” Curry missed their game against the New Orleans Pelicans, which they lost.
Then on November 21, he was again ruled out due to the same injury. Hence, they again lost to the Pelicans, this time, in a humiliating fashion, 82-128.
Stephen Curry has suffered many injuries even during the start of his career. His ankles were the primary concern for the superstar, and with Father Time catching up to him, he became even more injury-prone.
Moreso, his absence affects the Warriors, who are trying to push probably one last playoff run with their core of Curry, Green, and Thompson.
Will OKBET players see the Dubs come playoff time with a healthy team? No one knows for sure. But if they are complete in the playoffs, the Warriors will most likely have another shot at winning a title.