Stephen Curry hoping to return before May 9

Stephen Curry hoping to return before May 9

Stephen Curry hoping to return before May 9

The Golden State Warriors said they will evaluate Stephen Curry's injury again in a little over a week. "None of us can do it alone", Thompson had insisted hours earlier.

The Golden State Warriors brushed off the unsettling absence of injured star Stephen Curry to demolish the Houston Rockets and advance to the next round of the National Basketball Association (NBA) play-offs.

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"We've won a lot of games the last couple years with various people out", Kerr said before the game, "and we've just got to keep doing it. There's no secret formula". The win was the Hornets' first road playoff victory since 2002, it's also their first 3-2 series lead since the Conference Semifinals of 2001. "But we thought otherwise", Green said.

Teammate Klay Thompson would fill the void created by Curry for Golden State in this game.

Golden State improved to 4-2 without the reigning NBA Most Valuable Player by winning the series clincher against the Rockets, with veteran Shaun Livingston stepping into Curry's starting role and contributing 16 points on 7-for-8 shooting to the one-sided victory.

Curry, in a brown sport coat on the bench while nursing his sprained right knee, emphatically bobbed his head, clapped and bowed to Thompson during starter introductions.

Curry the bouncy cheerleader, the hand-signaling coach and animated communicator with the officials, is almost as entertaining to watch as Curry the superstar who pulls up to shoot from anywhere.

Despite James Harden's game-high 35 points, the Dubs stormed out to a 17-point first quarter lead and never looked back, burying a lackluster Houston squad with excellent ball movement, superior chemistry and 13 three-pointers. "The season, from the beginning, wasn't going our way". Harden put up his numbers, but that seems to be the thing most wrong with this Rockets team as it tries to pick up the pieces this offseason.

There was the criticism of the Rockets bench following the non-celebration of Harden's go-ahead bucket in Game 3, but that moment is really a microcosm of the Rockets' season.

Curry could only grin, cheer and enjoy every second of seeing his team do so well without him.

"It kind of feels like playing a scrimmage", Warriors forward Andre Iguodala said at halftime of Game 2. "Steph was having a great time". In his Coach of the Year speech, Steve Kerr called Green the "heartbeat" of the team, and it's impossible to argue that. According to ESPN, Curry suffered a sprained knee during their fourth game against the Houston Rockets - his second injury during the playoffs after he previously hurt his right ankle.Shaun Livingston, who started the second half in place of Curry, finished with nine points and nine assists.

The Warriors led by as many as 33 points in the third quarter and 34 late in the game.

Terry guaranteed a Game 5 win, telling the Houston Chronicle, "That's going to be a long flight for them to come back to Houston".

Next question: Where is Golden State headed now? Dwight Howard, who finished with eight points and 21 boards, attempted a three-pointer on Houston's final possession of the season.

Rockets coach J.B. Bickerstaff was left calling the Warriors "the best team in the history of basketball" and said, without Curry, they are still one of the two best teams in the Western Conference. "He didn't want to quit".

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