Stephen Curry’s injury could cause Warriors loads of trouble

There’s really no way to dress up what the Stephen Curry injury means for the Warriors. Depending on the length of time he’s out with a shoulder injury—one that sounds like it will sideline him for at least a few weeks—Golden State could be in real trouble in and around the back end of the Western Conference playoff race.

Even before sourced reports claimed that Curry was poised to miss a number of weeks due to the shoulder malady, the Warriors stood at 14–15 on the season with a challenging slate of contests in the near future. They have one of the 10 hardest remaining schedules in the league, and over the next two weeks, seven of Golden State’s next eight opponents are clubs that would currently make the postseason, either as a play-in participant or as a top six seed. (The Warriors’ next four games—all against teams solidly in the Eastern Conference postseason race—are on the road, where Golden State is a worst-in-the-West 2–13 so far.) If you stretch Curry’s absence out closer to the one-month mark, things soften again by the end of that stretch, as Detroit, Orlando, San Antonio, Chicago and Washington—all outside the top 10 in either conference—would be on the docket should Curry need to rehabilitate for that long.

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