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Steve Kerr: Warriors ‘can beat anybody’ during Stephen Curry’s absence

Steve Kerr is completely confident the Golden State Warriors will be just fine during Stephen Curry’s upcoming extended absence.

The Warriors point guard is expected to be out for the remainder of the regular season as well as the start of the playoffs due to a left knee MCL sprain. While it’s certainly a devastating blow to a team with championship aspirations, Kerr believes the Warriors can stay the course despite Curry’s latest injury setback.

The Warriors have other injury concerns as well, with Kevin Durant, Klay Thompson and Draymond Green all navigating various maladies. Golden State should still be expected to escape the first round. And that goes regardless of which team ends up as the seventh seed, as the Warriors are pretty much locked in at the No. 2 slot in the west.

Speaking of Curry’s availability — or lack thereof — Kerr stated Sunday that there is no chance that Curry will play in the first round of the postseason.

“There’s no way he’s playing he’s playing in the first round. There’s no way,” Kerr told NBC Sports Bay Area. “We’ve got to be ready to play without him and then see how he’s coming along.”

Curry, however, seems to have other ideas.

“Hopefully I prove what Coach said wrong and put myself in a position to get back as soon as possible,” Curry said Sunday, via the Mercury News. “Right now, who knows? I’ll just try to do my job in the rehab process, get back as soon as I can and control my presence with the team and help anyway I can when I’m out on the floor.”

The Warriors obviously would be wise to exercise extreme caution with Curry, despite the superstar’s optimistic protestations.