Now it’s time to see if the Warriors really have strength in numbers.
Superstar Steph Curry is expected to miss the next few weeks after a undergoing an MRI on Thursday, according to ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski. Curry injured himself during Wednesday night’s game against the Pacers, as he tried to swipe at the ball while forward Indiana Jalen Smith drove towards the hoop.
Before getting hurt, Curry was putting on another masterclass, as he needed just 19 field goals and 30 minutes to get his 38 points. He was 11-of-19 from the field, 5-of-10 from 3-point land and 11-of-11 from the free throw line, while helping the Warriors trim a 23-point deficit to a three-point game in the second half. But the Warriors fell to 14-15 after the 125-119 loss.
Curry is averaging 30 points, 6.8 assists, 6.6 rebounds per game and leads the NBA with 131 made 3-pointers this season. Steph is among the betting favorites to win the NBA MVP Award – er, Michael Jordan Award – along with others like Jayson Tatum, Giannis Antetokounmpo, Luka Doncic and Joel Embiid.
The Warriors are 0-3 in games Curry hasn’t played this season and have a much more stagnant offense when he’s off the floor. The spacing simply isn’t the same without No. 30 whipping around the floor with and without the ball.
While Draymond Green will be tasked with keeping the offense moving, Klay Thompson and Jordan Poole will have to be more consistent to make up for Curry’s scoring. It’s also worth noting that Curry is the team’s second-leading rebounder behind Kevon Looney.
Another big piece to the puzzle is Andrew Wiggins. The durable wing has missed the past five games with an adductor strain, which is a muscle near his pelvis that is connected to his thighs.
Perhaps this means more Ty Jerome minutes, too, as Warriors coach Steve Kerr seems to be confident in the two-way player as a ballhandler, despite his suspect defense. Moses Moody has always proven to be ready, while fellow second-year player Jonathan Kuminga has carved out a consistent rotation role recently.