Warriors star point guard Stephen Curry suffered a broken left hand after a hard fall in the second half of Wednesday’s 121-110 home loss against the Suns and he will miss a significant period of time. The NBA odds reflect this, as they place the Warriors at +5000 to win the NBA Championship now that Curry will be out for a while.
Curry collided with Suns center Aron Bayne, but he was the one who took the worst part of the fall when he braced himself with his left hand.
Per ESPN’s Ramona Shelburne, Curry’s initial diagnosis was a broken second metacarpal in his left hand. Curry scored nine points on just 3 of 11 shooting and 1 of 7 from 3-point range with four turnovers in 21 minutes before the injury.
With the loss, the Warriors fell to 1-3 and they were allowing 126.3 points per game, third-worst in the NBA. Their first game without Curry took place on Friday and they lost 127-110 at home against the Spurs, which means that at the time of this writing they’re just 1-4 this season.
D’Angelo Russell did his part in the setback, scoring a season-high 30 points and Jordan Poole added 20 points but the Warriors were outrebounded 52-39 and had no answer for LaMarcus Aldridge and Patty Mills.
Steve Kerr and Kevin Durant Reacted To Curry’s Injury
Warriors head coach Steve Kerr tried to keep the focus on the team while taking questions about Curry’s injury:
“Obviously it’s been a tough start for us on many levels,” Kerr told reporters. “We’re just trying to find our footing and obviously this puts us in a tough spot. We’ll assess it and go from there.”
Kevin Durant, Curry’s former teammate for three seasons also had something to say about Curry breaking his hand:
“I’m sure he’ll be back playing again, but it was tough to see him just break his hand on TV. He’s been doing so much and the team is still transitioning and it’s a new group and a young group, so he’s trying to do so much. Having him out is going to be tough for them to sustain, so hopefully, he gets back and gets healthy.”
Curry Will Miss Over Three Months
The Warriors sent a press release on Friday to announce that their star point guard will be out for over three months:
“Stephen Curry Injury Update – 11/1
Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry, who suffered a broken left hand/second metacarpal with 8:31 remaining in the third quarter of Wednesday’s game against the Phoenix Suns, underwent successful surgery this morning at the Cedars-Sinai Kerlan-Jobe Institute in Los Angeles. The surgery was performed by Dr. Steven Shin. A six-time NBA All-Star and two-time NBA Most Valuable Player, Curry is expected to make a full recovery and an update on his status will be provided in three (3) months.”
With Curry out, D’Angelo Russell, the team’s second-leading scorer with 19.0 points per game, will have to step up his game but this is only his first season with the team, so players like Draymond Green and Kevon Looney, who have been with the Warriors the longest, have to help carry the load.
Promising rookie Eric Paschall, who had a career-high 20 points against the Suns and against the Spurs and Damion Lee (10.2 points per game) will likely get extended playing time from now on.
“Of course it hurts knowing that Steph Curry’s down,” Paschall said. “That’s a very, very valuable piece of our team but I feel like we’re going to stay positive.”
Paschall’s mindset is the right one but doing that won’t be easy, especially for the team’s fans. The Warriors have now lost three superstars in a period of six games. First Kevin Durant in Game 5 of the NBA Finals, then Klay Thompson in Game 6 and now Stephen Curry after playing just four games this season.
Curry was averaging 20.3 points and 6.6 assists while shooting 47.6 percent from the field and 43.5 percent from beyond the arc in 28.0 minutes over four games and I don’t see the Warriors making the playoffs this season, the Western Conference is loaded with very talented teams and even with Curry this team was not going to get a high seed.