Steph Curry is out indefinitely after spraining a ligament in his left foot, according to The Athletic’s Shams Charania.
Curry suffered the injury in the second quarter when he and Boston’s Marcus Smart went after a loose ball during the Warriors’ 110-88 shellacking by the Celtics.
An MRI took after the game revealed the extent of his injury.
X-rays came back negative and showed no sign of a fracture or major damage.
Still, coach Steve Kerr and the Warriors staff were critical of Smart’s play.
“I thought it was a dangerous play,” Kerr said. “I thought Marcus dove into Steph, and that’s what I was upset about. A lot of respect for Marcus. He’s a hell of a player, a gamer, a competitor. I coached him in the World Cup a few summers ago. We talked after the game, and we’re good. But I thought it was a dangerous play.”
The Warriors staff was upset with both of these Marcus Smart plays. First one was a roll up of Steph Curry's leg that has him currently in the locker room, second ruled a flagrant on Klay Thompson. Kerr was telling refs to review both plays, mimicking a leg chop to officials. pic.twitter.com/6edSJxQszv
— Anthony Slater (@anthonyVslater) March 17, 2022
After the game, the Celtics’ big man addressed the play and said he was just going for the ball.
“I saw the ball, I dove for the ball, trying to make a play,” Smart said. “Unfortunately, that occurred.”
“I hope Steph’s alright.”
Curry’s injury comes after just one game after Draymond Green returned to the lineup renewing Warriors fans’ hopes for a title this season.
“It sucks, but sometimes that’s just how the cookie crumbles,” Green told reporters following the loss. “I expect Marcus Smart to make that play. He plays hard. I can’t call that a dirty play.”
The third-place Warriors are 47-23 and nine games behind the first-place Phoenix Suns.
Green acknowledged the team hasn’t had time to play together to build continuity and consistency, and it was a worry, but he still seemed confident about the Warriors’ chances.
Golden State takes on the Spurs next Sunday.