Kevin Durrant hopes NBA champions Golden State Warriors don’t have to cope without Stephen Curry for too long.
Curry suffered an ankle injury in the final minute of Golden State’s 125-115 win over New Orleans Pelicans on Monday and could face a stint on the sidelines.
The seriousness of the injury is yet to be determined, but Curry did have to leave the arena on crutches and seems set to miss the Warriors’ trip to Charlotte Hornets on Wednesday.
“Hopefully he gets better quickly,” said forward Durant.
“But we also want him to take his time and make sure that thing is 100 per cent. It sucks, man.”
Golden State currently trail Houston Rockets in the Western Conference and have played three games more than the leaders who don’t play again until Thursday.
Curry admits missing the chance to play in his hometown on Wednesday will be a disappointment.
He said: “I always look forward to that trip and playing in that arena in front of people that have seen me grow up.
I missed it [before]. So I know how to deal with the emotions. Hopefully my fans still show up and support the other guys if I’m not out there and we have a good game.”
Golden State are the 1.53 favourites to secure the NBA Championship outright, Houston are 9.50 and San Antonio Spurs are 13.00.