Steph Curry Injury: Steve Kerr Rules Star out of Golden State's First Playoff Round

Golden State Warriors head coach Steve Kerr has quashed fans' hopes of seeing Stephen Curry in the first round of the playoffs.

The two-time NBA champion injured his left knee during the Warriors' 106-94 win against the Atlanta Hawks on Friday night. An MRI scan on Saturday revealed Curry had suffered a Grade 2 MCL sprain.

League sources quoted by ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski suggested the two-time MVP will have his injury re-evaluated in three weeks and could return in time for the playoffs.

Steph Curry suffered a Grade 2 MCL sprain in his left knee, league source tells ESPN. He will be re-evaluated in three weeks. He could return near start of playoffs. All in all, good news for the Warriors.

— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) March 24, 2018

However, with the postseason getting underway on April 14, Kerr admitted the chances of seeing Curry on the court during the first round of the playoffs were pretty much non-existent.

"There's no way he's playing in the first round," he told reporters on Sunday, per Anthony Slater of The Athletic.

"There's no way. He's being reevaluated in three weeks. We've got to be ready to play without him and see how he's coming around."

Steve Kerr's full comment/update on Steph Curry, saying he won't play in the first round

— Anthony Slater (@anthonyVslater) March 25, 2018

Curry's injury is almost an identical repeat of the scenario the Warriors faced a year ago, when Kevin Durant missed the final 19 games of the regular season after suffering a Grade 2 MCL sprain and a tibial bone bruise.

Durant, however, returned in time for the playoffs and was the Warriors' top scorer in every game during the NBA Finals, claiming the MVP award as Golden State beat the Cleveland Cavaliers 4-1.

Curry will miss the remaining nine games of the regular season but Kerr believes the Warriors, who are second in the Western Conference with a 54-19 record, are experienced enough to cope with the absence of one of their stars.

"We went through it last year with [Durant ...] It wasn't exactly the same timeline, but it was a similar injury and similar circumstances where we had to play without one of our best players.

"We should feel good about our ability to play through this stuff."

Curry's injury was even more frustrating given Friday's game marked his return after missing six consecutive games with an ankle injury—the fourth time this season the issue had forced him to sit out.

Steph Curry was visibly upset, and limped to the locker room after this apparent left leg injury.

— SportsCenter (@SportsCenter) March 24, 2018

However, Kerr insisted Curry's injury record was not a source of concern for the Warriors and the five-time All Star will not be rushed back.

"Steph has a history of coming back strong from injuries, so there's a good chance if all goes well, and he comes back during the playoffs, we're at full steam," he said.

"That's the goal. "