Curry could be back at the start of the playoffs next month if all goes well in rehabbing his latest injury. By that point, the Warriors (54-18) established a comfortable lead after trailing by as many as 15 points against a Hawks team (21-51) that had gone 2-8 in their previous 10 games. "I feel like we did that in the third quarter".
What's next are Curry's MRI results. Curry frowned as he hobbled to the bench with 3:09 left in the 3rd quarter.
Just when the Warriors thought they had Stephen Curry back, the injury bug struck again. Perhaps that fourth-straight NBA Finals appearance went down with Curry on Friday.
Even if Curry somehow didn't make it back at all this season, Golden State still has a trio of stars no other team in the league can match. Curry's presence dictates everything, whether it's offensive flow, passing, or spacing. Though Warriors coach Steve Kerr expects Klay Thompson (right thumb), Kevin Durant (ribs) and Draymond Green (pelvic contusion) back soon, the Warriors can not say the same thing about Curry. All four players are expected to return before the playoffs.
Should Curry miss playoff time - any playoff time - it will no doubt throw a wrench in Golden State's long-laid plans - the ones, rooted in confidence and experience, that they have held steadfast, despite their frequently uninspiring play and Houston's incendiary run of form. Durant went down on February 28 and did not return until the last week of the regular season.
It took the Warriors the opening quarter to find an offensive flow, however.
It's hard to imagine Curry won't miss a good chunk of the first round, and likely all of it. He launched and connected and flexed and ignited the Golden State crowd into delirium. Dennis Schroder, who rested Thursday night in a loss at Sacramento, was back for Atlanta and scored 16 points. While it might seem like for some that Curry is getting no luck at the moment since he had only just returned from another injury in this game, the man himself is just glad he hasn't re-injured his ankle.
Hawks: The Hawks lost their sixth straight on Golden State's home floor. Curry had to wait until a Saturday afternoon MRI to learn the extent of his most recent injury.