CHARLOTTE, NC (AP) – The Warriors coach Steve Kerr says that although Stephen Curry's ankle sprain is not ideal, he could help his team in the long term.

Curry is expected to lose around two weeks with a sprained right ankle, including Wednesday night's game against his home 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 images in the coming weeks, it's an opportunity for our team to improve because we have to do it, we have no other option."

Curry, dressed in a blue Warriors hoodie, took the last part of the Warriors' morning session from the sideline tunnel, 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 victory 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 move, I got hooked on Ewandwa's shoe when I walked by and he could not catch me."

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 figures as doubtful. with a shoulder injury.

Kerr did not say who would go 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 you feel threatened when suddenly you are without one of your best guys and you realize that you are vulnerable," Kerr said. "When you're vulnerable, you tend to raise your guard a little, I anticipate it will happen."

While the Warriors have another MVP in the league they can turn to Kevin Durant to carry the load, Kerr made it clear that Curry is the "Boy who makes us go".

"We have great players, but Steph is the engineer, everything revolves around him, so let's adapt and execute better," Kerr said.

Kerr points to 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 time to intensify.

"We'll have to play a little differently," said Durant. "The way he shoots the ball and shoots the catch, it can not be duplicated by anyone who has ever played, so we have to figure out how to connect what Steph lacks, but if we do it as a group, collectively everyone will gain confidence. . "

Curry enjoys playing in Charlotte, where he grew up watching his father play for the Hornets. He attended the nearby Davidson College and when he returns home he plays as a local game for the Warriors.


AP Sports writer Brett Martel in New Orleans contributed to this report.

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