Steve Kerr says Kevin Durant could return for the Warriors next week

Steph Curry out for 3 weeks with MCL sprain

Steph Curry out for 3 weeks with MCL sprain

The Golden State Warriors will have star point guard Stephen Curry back for Friday night's game versus the Hawks in Atlanta.

"It is kind of a odd cruel twist of fate", Warriors coach Steve Kerr said of Curry's latest injury, which just adds to the woes for the beat-up Warriors.

The Warriors initially diagnosed Curry with a sprained knee ligament, but the full extent of the injury will not be known until he undergoes an MRI on Saturday.

By comparison, Los Angeles Lakers rookie Lonzo Ball and LA Clippers/Detroit Pistons forward Blake Griffin missed 15 and 14 games, respectively, after suffering MCL sprains earlier this season.

Golden State is likely being extra cautious with Curry, which is why Kerr said the Warriors All-Star won't be available to play in the first round.

Golden State will lock up the second seed in the Western Conference later today if they are able to beat the Jazz, or if the Portland Trail Blazers lose to the Oklahoma City Thunder, as Portland is ten games behind them in third.

The game was Curry's first after missing six games due to an ankle injury.

Warriors fans will be happy once Durant is able to return to the court, as it means they'll have another scorer back in their lineup. But until Houston proves they can finish Golden State in the postseason, they remain the team to beat out west.

It seems like the Warriors have avoided a worst case scenario for now, but their margin for error may not be as wide as in recent years.

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