NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — So just how bad is Stephen Curry’s knee injury?
The Warriors announced Monday that an MRI on Curry’s right knee determined he has a Grade 1 sprain of the MCL and will be re-evaluated in two weeks. That means he would miss at least the remainder of Golden State’s first-round playoff series against Houston and four games in the second round if the Warriors advance that far.READ MORE: Stimulus Check Latest: Is A Fourth Relief Payment Coming?
Dr. Stephen O’Brien, an orthopaedic surgeon at the Hospital for Special Surgery, appeared as a guest on Mike Francesa’s show Monday to explain the injury.
“A Grade 1 is the mildest injury,” he said on WFAN. “I actually looked at the tape earlier today, and I watched him try to work out at halftime. You know, I think they’re being careful because it’s Steph Curry.
“The biggest problem with an MCL injury, Mike, is side to side movement. So in a (football) lineman with a brace, it’s not a big deal. In a basketball player, you’re taking away his game. He can only go north, south — not east, west.”
But O’Brien said that based on how Curry was moving in a shoot-around and because the injury was not suffered at high speed — Curry slipped on a wet spot on the court — he expects the reigning MVP to be back in action in two weeks.MORE NEWS: 'Irresponsible:' In Wake Of New Crimes, MTA Says Mayor's Plan To Add 250 Subway Officers Isn't Enough
To hear the full interview, click on the audio player above.