The Golden State Warriors are about to venture into territory they haven't been in for a while. Stephen Curry hasn't missed more than four games in a season since 2011-12, and his projected absence due to a swollen ankle is at least five games.
Despite losing the team's catalyst for a prolonged stretch, coach Steve Kerr sees a silver lining.
"In a weird way, it's a good thing for our team," Kerr said Wednesday, per Steve Reed of The Associated Press. "Obviously I want all of our players healthy ... I think big picture-wise over the next couple weeks it's an opportunity for our team to get better because we have to. We have no choice."
Curry missed six games early in the 2016 playoffs due to a knee sprain, something the Warriors overcame via step-up performances from Klay Thompson and Draymond Green. Golden State is even more stacked now, talent-wise, but there's no question they'll miss everything Curry does - from engineering the offense to blazing off screens and flame-throwing trey after trey.
"A team like ours, I think we will respond well without Steph because you feel threatened when all of a sudden you are without one of your best guys and you realize you are vulnerable," Kerr said.
The Warriors start their Curry-less stretch Wednesday in Charlotte against the Hornets.