The Golden State Warriors have confirmed Steph Curry will miss at least two weeks of action after spraining the medial collateral ligament in his right knee.
The 28-year-old suffered the injury during the first half of Sunday’s 121-94 win against the Houston Rockets in Game 4 of the opening round of the play-offs.
Curry had already missed the pair’s previous two encounters and looked visibly distressed after slipping on a wet spot on the court while trying to guard Trevor Ariza.
The initial signs did not look good but, having undergone an MRI scan on Monday, it has been confirmed he will not require surgery.
Instead he will be forced to take at least two weeks off to allow the sprain to recover and so will miss Game 5 on Thursday, which the Warriors are currently 1.18 to win, with the Rockets 4.33.
Shaun Livingston is expected to again take the MVP’s place in the line-up and victory would see Golden State take an unassailable 4-1 lead in the series.
Warriors general manager Bob Myers said: “From our perspective, (it’s) relatively good news. I was with him at the MRI today and he was pleased at the outcome.
“We said two weeks, but that’s no guarantee that it will be in two weeks, might be after two weeks, might be before. But I think it will be somewhere in that range, hopefully.”