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Stephen Curry reportedly out indefinitely with sprained foot, “optimism” he returns for playoffs

NBA: Boston Celtics at Golden State Warriors

Mar 16, 2022; San Francisco, California, USA; Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry (30) reacts after being called for an offensive foul against the Boston Celtics in the second quarter at the Chase Center. Mandatory Credit: Cary Edmondson-USA TODAY Sports

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This is not good news, but it could have been much worse.

Stephen Curry is out indefinitely with a sprained left foot, but X-rays showed no broken bones from the injury suffered Wednesday night when Marcus Smart rolled up his foot diving for a loose ball. Shams Charania of The Athletic broke the news, and Adrian Wojnarowski and Ramona Shelburn of ESPN added depth.

The playoffs start in a month, and while the timeline for Curry’s return would depend on the severity of the sprain, he could be out about a month.

Golden State would be in trouble in the postseason if he cannot play. The Warriors are not the same offensive team without the gravity of Curry pulling defenders out of position to stop his shooting, and there will be no easy rounds in these West playoffs (as things stand today, Golden State would open the playoffs against Nikola Jokic and Denver).

Curry limped off the court in the second Warriors game against the Celtics after Smart, diving for a loose ball, rolled up his foot.

Curry did not return to the game.

Curry, Draymond Green, and Klay Thompson had gotten back together for one game after injuries kept at least one of them off the court for more than 1,000 days, and then the basketball gods struck again.

Steve Kerr and Warriors fans were mad at Smart for the play, but he was diving for a loose ball, it was not a dirty play. That’s basketball. (Smart’s kick to Klay Thompson on that same play deserved the Flagrant One foul he got.)