When you really stop and think about it, the knee injury that Steph Curry sustained in Game 4 in Houston was about as unlucky as it gets.
“Well, first of all, it’s a freak thing,” sports orthopedic surgeon Dr. T.O. Souryal said on CBS Sports Radio’s Ferrall on the Bench. “I don’t know if you saw the video, but some guy slipped and fell just in front of him, creating a wet spot, and he’s back-pedaling so he doesn’t see the wet spot. He does the splits and he sprains his knee.”
Indeed, Curry went down just before halftime on Sunday. The game was tied at 56 and he fought to contest a wild three-point attempt by Trevor Ariza that was well off the mark. Curry’s left leg slid across the court. He tried to stay upright, but his right leg buckled and he lost his balance altogether, falling awkwardly to the court like a running back who had just taken a shot to the knee.
It looked bad.
“Look, this could have been a lot worse,” Souryal said. “Remember the Shaun Livingston disaster a few years ago when he slipped in some sweat going up for a lay-up and just completely tore up his knee? In the big scheme of things, a Grade 1 MCL sprain is pretty lucky.”
The only question now, though, is how long will Curry be out? The Warriors put a two-week time frame on their star player, but will Curry really be ready to return that soon?
Souryal thinks it’s very possible.
“In our world, we have to put these labels on injuries,” he said. “For one, so we can communicate with each other – so when somebody tells me a Grade 1 sprain, I know exactly what they’re talking about – and two, so that we can predict how long it’s going to take to recover. So a Grade 3 sprain is a heck of a lot worse than a Grade 1 sprain. So if I’m hearing a Grade 1 MCL – and they did not say if there was anything else on the MRI. They didn’t say anything about a bone bruise. They didn’t say anything else. So I’m assuming that that’s all it is. In my hands – and what I tell my management – is this is a 10-day injury, give or take. I think if they can take care of business with Houston and if they can survive a little bit, he’ll be back sooner than later.”
The Warriors can close out the Rockets at ORACLE in Game 5 on Wednesday at 10:30 p.m. ET.