CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) – Warriors coach Steve Kerr says that although Stephen Curry's ankle sprain is not ideal, he can actually help his team in the long term.
Curry is expected to lose about two weeks with a sprained right ankle, including Wednesday night's game against his hometown team, the Charlotte Hornets.
"In a weird way, it's a good thing for our team," Kerr said. "Obviously I want all of our players to be healthy … I think that with regard to the image in the next two weeks, it's an opportunity for our team to improve because we have to do it, we have no choice."
Curry, wearing a blue Warriors hoodie, watched the last part of the Warriors' morning session from the tunnel next to the court, but declined requests for interviews through the team's public relations department.
He carried crutches and had his right ankle in a protective boot.
Two-time champion MVP Curry fell awkwardly on the foot of E & # 39; Twaun Moore while looking for a late steal in a 125-115 comeback Monday night in New Orleans. He scored 31 points before the injury and is averaging 26.3 points, 6.6 assists and 5.1 rebounds per game this season.
Curry said after the game that it was a "silly game". I caught E & # 39; Twaun's shoe when I passed by him and I could not catch myself. "
Kerr confirmed Wednesday that Curry's ankle is structurally intact.
"All things considered it to be good news," Kerr said of the results of the MRI. "Fortunately it will be a couple, or a few weeks, and he will come back." It's not too serious. "
Kerr said that Patrick McCaw will miss the Hornets game with a bruise on his nose and that Draymond Green appears dubious from a shoulder injury.
Kerr did not say who will start for Curry, but it is possible that Shaun Livingston will take his place in the lineup. The team also reminded shipowner Quinn Cook of the G-League to join the list.
"A team like ours, I think we will respond well without Steph because he feels threatened when, suddenly, he does not have one of his best men and he realizes he is vulnerable," Kerr said. "When you're vulnerable, you tend to raise your guard a little." I anticipate that will happen. "
While the Warriors have another MVP from the league they can turn to in Kevin Durant to carry the load, Kerr made it clear that Curry is the "guy who makes us go".
"We have great players, but Steph is the engineer, everything revolves around him, so we're going to adapt and execute ourselves better," Kerr said.
Kerr points out last year when Durant got hurt and the Warriors improved as a team, which he said helped the team in the playoffs.
"We have to take the same approach with Steph," Kerr said.
Durant knows that it is his moment to intensify.
"We'll have to play a little differently," said Durant. "The way the dribble fires and triggers the capture can not be duplicated by anyone who has ever played the game, so we have to figure out how to connect what Steph lacks, but if we do collectively, everyone will gain confidence." .
Curry enjoys playing in Charlotte, where he grew up watching his father play with the Hornets. He attended the nearby Davidson College and when he returns home he feels like a local game for the Warriors.