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Warriors: Stephen Curry out at least two weeks with foot injury

Stephen Curry and Marcus Smart in Boston Celtics v Golden State Warriors

SAN FRANCISCO, CALIFORNIA - MARCH 16: Stephen Curry #30 of the Golden State Warriors drives to the basket against Marcus Smart #36 of the Boston Celtics in the first quarter at Chase Center on March 16, 2022 in San Francisco, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Lachlan Cunningham/Getty Images)

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There was reportedly optimism Warriors star Stephen Curry would return for the playoffs, but there was still more to assess after he injured his foot Wednesday.

Well, Golden State’s timeline allows Curry room to return by the playoffs.

Warriors:

The playoffs begin in four weeks.

Golden State has championship upside with Curry. But his special shooting is essential. His recovery will define the Warriors as a title contender.

The good news: Curry has already developed strong chemistry with most of his teammates. Once he gets healthy and conditioned, he should hit the ground running upon his return.

Golden State (47-23) is third in the Western Conference, one game behind the Grizzlies (48-22). So, Curry’s absence could mean facing Memphis in a potential second-round series without home-court advantage. But Draymond Green isn’t worried about seeding. He guaranteed a championship, regardless. (Up 3.5 games on the fourth-place Jazz, the Warriors probably won’t slip from the No. 2 or 3 seed.)

This absence could also cost Curry All-NBA first team as he competes with Ja Morant and Chris Paul (and maybe DeMar DeRozan and Jimmy Butler if they’re considered guards by enough voters).