The Golden State Warriors will not feature Stephen Curry when they try to go 5-0 on their current trip at the expense of hosts Charlotte Hornets on Wednesday night.
Curry suffered a sprained right ankle in the final stages of Monday 125-115 wins in New Orleans, the Warriors' fourth consecutive win to be his longest trip of the season, a six-gamer.
X-rays and an MRI on the injury were negative, but the Warriors announced on Tuesday that Curry would be out at least two weeks, at which point he would be reassessed.
"Obviously it's a sucky situation," Curry said after Monday's game. "But I'll come back".
One of the disappointing aspects of Curry's absence was that the Charlotte native had been waiting for his annual game back home.
He has had two 40-point nights between his previous seven returns, with the Warriors winning five of those games.
Curry has missed two games this season, including a 110-106 home loss to Sacramento last Monday with a thigh injury. Patrick McCaw started for Curry on that occasion and scored the best points of the season with 16 points.
McCaw, however, received a blow to the nose in the New Orleans game and could not continue because he was bleeding. The Warriors qualify the bruise injury and it is likely that McCaw will be available for the Charlotte game.
The second-year player has busy hands with Hornets point guard Kemba Walker, who returned from a two-game absence to a forced shoulder to add 29 points in a 104-94 home win over Orlando on Monday the night.
The Hornets had lost four in a row before that victory.
Walker has been one of the hottest things in the NBA in recent weeks, having scored 14 of more points in 10 consecutive games, with 20 or more points on seven of those occasions. It exploded during 47 games during the season in Chicago.
"I feel that when I'm not there, things are different, and when I come back, it changes," he said after Monday's triumph. "That's the kind of man that I am, I'm the leader of this team and my team is going according to what's going on."
The 29 points against the Magic represented the 200th game of Walker with 20 or more points as a member of the Hornets. He became the first in the history of the franchise to achieve that feat.
Both teams participated in ugly incidents in their victories on Monday.
Hornets' Cody Zeller was pushed to the ground by Orlando Speights, a former Warriors player, resulting in a technical foul.
Speights was one of several Magic players upset in a discrepancy of 40-14 free throws in the game.
Meanwhile, Kevin Durant of the Warriors received two technical fouls and was ejected in the Golden State victory in New Orleans. The players had to separate Durant and the center of the pelicans DeMarcus Cousins, who was also expelled by two technicians.
Durant has been ejected twice in the last three games of the Warriors' trip. He leads the league with three expulsions.
In a series that is tied 27-27, the Warriors have beaten the Hornets six straight, including three in a row at Charlotte.