Curry exited Wednesday night's 110-88 loss to the Celtics late in the second quarter to what was described at the time as left foot soreness following a collision for a loose ball with C's guard Marcus Smart. Per Charania, X-rays were negative and the Warriors' leading scorer avoided any significant damage.
Warriors star Stephen Curry has been diagnosed with a sprained ligament in left foot that will sideline him indefinitely, sources tell @TheAthletic @Stadium. X-rays on the foot returned negative Wednesday night – meaning no fracture or major damage, a sigh of relief.— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) March 17, 2022
ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski reported Thursday that Curry will see a specialist and be re-evaluated in the upcoming weeks before the start of the playoffs next month.
Initial evaluation of Steph Curry's sprained ligament in his left foot offers optimism that he can return by the start of the playoffs in mid-April, but he's expected to see specialists soon for further evaluation, sources tell @ramonashelburne— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) March 17, 2022
Curry sustained the injury when Smart rolled into the Warriors point guard's leg. Golden State's coach Steve Kerr was seen yelling at Smart, as the two exchanged words immediately afterwards. Kerr also called it a "dangerous play" following the loss.
"I thought it was a dangerous play. I thought Marcus dove into Steph's knee," Kerr said during his postgame presser. "That's what I was upset about. Lot of respect for Marcus, he's a hell of a player, gamer, competitor. I coached him in the World Cup a few summers ago. We talked after the game, we're good. I thought it was a dangerous play, I just let him know."
Me and Steve [Kerr] have that relationship with USA Basketball, so he knows I'm never trying to hurt anybody," said Smart in his postgame comments. "He knows since I got in this league I've been sacrificing my body for the better of my team and my teammates, so I get it -- I understand. I hate to see it happen to anybody, especially playing and doing your job. Hate to see any injury. I hope Steph's alright. We looked at it, I didn't even see him, just saw the ball and dove on the ball and tried to make a play. Unfortunately, that occurred and I'm really down right now about it."
"Obviously, the refs looked at it, I think and we knew it was a legal play, a good play," added Udoka Wednesday night. "I told Marcus, 'Don't worry about that. Let me handle all that.' And they had some words and our guys have the freedom to do that. If a coach is going to talk to him like a grown man, they can talk back and so I'm not really worried about that, but this credit, he kept his composure obviously, put up 20 and 8, and played through it.
"Bottom line [you] don't need to get in a back and forth with a coach but if you want to say your piece, I'm all for it."
"I'd expect Marcus Smart to make that play. He plays hard, I can't call that a dirty play," Green told reporters. "If it were a dirty play I would have dove into [Smart's] head. I had a pretty good look on the play -- maybe un-necessary, but that's the most I could call it...the ball is on the floor. At every level of basketball we're taught to dive on the floor and go after the ball -- that's what Marcus did, so I can't call it a dirty play. I will say it was probably an un-necessary dive."
"That's what Smart does," said Jaylen Brown to the media about his teammate. "It's basketball. And it was unintentional, but that's what Marcus does -- he's the first to the floor every time. Both teams know that, so I don't know what the controversy is about."
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