Stephen Curry picked up a shoulder injury recently and his return date could be a month or more away
NBA insider Adrian Wojnarowski recently spoke about Stephen Curry and the possible return date for the Warriors star after he picked up a shoulder injury.
Curry picked up an injury in the recent loss to the Pacers and he seemed to be in visible pain. The Warriors star got an MRI done on the injury a day later, and it seems he could be out for a long time.
Woj brought up that Curry could be back in three weeks. However, he also claimed that different players have different healing cycles, and three to four weeks is the “realistic” timeline Curry could be out for.
“I’m told that the optimistic timeline on a Steph Curry return is about 3 weeks. But these all heal differently and the rehab can be different. I think the 3-to-4-week range is realistic for this [shoulder] injury.”
Big blow to Warriors’ playoff hopes
If Curry is out for a month, he would miss around 14-15 games. Some of the games over the next four weeks include games against the Brooklyn Nets, Portland Trail Blazers, and Phoenix Suns and they also face the Boston Celtics on 19 January, 2023.
The Warriors are 14-16 currently and lie 11th in the Western Conference. They have lost three on the bounce, and need to finish in 10th place at least to be part of the play-in.
Missing Curry for 14 games would be quite a blow to the Warriors. They have struggled on the road and are 2-14 so far.
However, things are much better when they play at home. The Warriors are 12-2 at home, and that could be the key to them getting the .500 mark.
If the Warriors can stay close to the .500 mark during Curry’s return, it would put them in a decent spot for the playoffs.
However, without Curry, they could struggle as the likes of Klay Thompson and Draymond Green have their own problems with injuries, suspensions and not always being in the best of form.
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