Stephen Curry has been lighting up the NBA all season long and is a virtual lock to walk away with his second straight MVP award.
He's been a vital component behind the Golden State Warriors' 73-9 record breaking achievement, but, in the early stages of the playoffs, it looks like the reigning NBA champions will have to live without him.
The 28-year-old twisted his ankle during Game One of their playoff series with the Houston Rockets and was listed as questionable for the second meeting.
Curry attempted to take part in his pre-game ritual, but prior to the Game Two tip-off, he shook his head towards the medical staff and withdrew from the action.
The Warriors guard then suited up and took his place on the bench to act as chief supporter and coach during the top seeds in the west's 106-115 win over the Rockets.
Curry is currently listed as questionable for Game Three, as well, but more encouraging news has broken from the Warriors camp regarding their point's sore ankle.
According to ESPN.com's Ethan Sherwood Strauss, Curry had an MRI on his right ankle on Tuesday and Golden State have said 'the test did not reveal anything of concern'.
Curry finished the leading scorer in the league during the regular season with an average of 30.1 points a night, a figure that has skyrocketed since he posted 23.8 to claim the MVP crown last season.
The Ohio-born superstar is, of course, one-half of the 'Splash Bros'. The other half of the record-breaking duo is his backcourt partner, Klay Thompson.
The shooting guard stepped up to the plate in Curry's absence and dropped 34 points to dispatch Houston in Game Two of their playoff series.
After the game, Thompson joked about how much better life is without his Splash Bro brethren.
"Ahh, it's so much easier without him out there. When Steph's out there, his man just sags in the paint, he doesn't move the ball, he's a very selfish teammate," cracked Thompson. "I'm just kidding, man, he's the exact opposite of that. I think we showed it's hard to fill that void. No one's going to do it by themselves."
Curry's coach Steve Kerr has insisted he won't take any risks when it comes to his franchise player. The resident at the one spot's health is his primary concern and their early lead in this series ensures they don't have to take any chances.
"We'll see how he responds the next couple of days, and if he's not right, obviously being up 2-0 does give us more cushion if we decide to sit him," Kerr said Monday night. "But it will be based on his health -- not the series score."
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