Warriors coach Steve Kerr said Curry underwent an MRI Tuesday morning that revealed inflammation and led to the organization’s decision to keep him sidelined for at least four more games.
We’ll reassess that in a week, Kerr said before Tuesday night’s game against the Philadelphia 76ers. He had an MRI this morning that showed inflammation of the coccyx. He progressed the first two days, rested, then exercised a little [Monday] and was still pretty sore. So our coaches and Steph decided it would take a little longer than we thought and hoped. So we’ll reassess that in a week.
Curry was injured after he tripped over a prop and fell hard on his tailbone late in the third quarter of Wednesday’s 108-94 victory over the Houston Rockets. The Warriors had initially hoped Curry would return soon after his injury, but the MRI is the latest setback for a team that has battled multiple injuries and recently missed a COVID-19 protocol.
Young big men James Wiseman and Eric Paschall were expected to return Tuesday after missing last week due to COVID protocols. Kerr also noted that Wiseman, 19, will likely start for the Warriors.
I expect James to start the rest of the season, Kerr said. It’s an idea. You never know how things will turn out, but there are still 29 games to go and we’ve tried many different formations this year, as you know. We’ve tried a lot of different rotations, but we think after 40-plus games – 43 games – James has gotten very good. He’s picked up a lot of concepts, that’s really important right now, especially given the absence, after missing 10, 11 games with a wrist, the last three games with COVID protocol, he should be in it.
Sage had a mixed rookie season flashing great talent, making him the #2 pick in the 2020 NBA Draft. He was also inconsistent on both sides of the ball and a wrist injury kept him sidelined for nearly a month. He was dropped from the starting lineup at the beginning of the season in favor of veteran Kevon Looney.
At the beginning of the season, when I switched to Loon, I thought it was the right decision for the league and the rotation, and I think we did well, Kerr said. Our defense has gotten much better, the rotations have improved, but everything is going well now. Now seems like a good time to do it. And it would be great for James to have a good run in the last 29 games.
Kerr also thinks sophomore guard Jordan Poole will become even bigger with Curry. Poole started in place of Curry on Tuesday and is averaging 20.9 points per game this month after being recalled from the G-League.
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