Stephen Curry (vs. Denver on February 2)
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The season of the Golden State Warriors was already full, to put it mildly, mixed.
Having started as the defending champions, the team is currently lagging behind its own claims with just 27 wins from 53 games.
The latest developments are unlikely to help bring the current table seventh in the West into calmer waters.
Because the four-time NBA champion Stephen Curry will probably be out for a few weeks due to injury.
As the Warriors announced, the 34-year-old basketball superstar suffered a bruised lower leg and partial tears in an interosseous membrane and a tibiofibular ligament in the 119:113 win against the Dallas Mavericks on Sunday night.
Curry will definitely miss the Warriors' encounter against Oklahoma City Thunder on Monday (local time), and Golden State plans to provide further information about a return "in the coming days".
According to ESPN, Curry will be out at least until the Allstar Game in Salt Lake City on February 19 (local time).
It wouldn't be surprising if he skipped that show event and instead focused on his recovery.
The All-Star break would have bought him nearly a week of recovery time without missing his team from any league games.
For the team, at least the timing of the injury would be a blessing in disguise.
Knees against knees - with consequences
Against Dallas, Curry left the game in the third quarter after his knee collided with Mavericks pro McKinley Wright's.
Up to this point, Curry had scored 21 points for the champion.
It is Curry's second injury break of the current season.
In mid-December, he suffered a partial dislocation of his right shoulder and missed 11 games with the Warriors.
His team managed to bridge this time reasonably successfully.