Golden State Warriors guard Steph Curry will miss at least three months of NBA action after surgery on the left hand he fractured in a collision with Australian centre Aron Baynes on Wednesday.
The Warriors said on Friday afternoon they would update Curry's status in three months, confirming that Dr Steven Shin performed the surgery earlier in the day in Los Angeles.
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The timetable for his return potentially puts Curry back on the court around the time the NBA All-Star Game is scheduled to be played in Chicago.
The two-time MVP left Wednesday's loss to the Phoenix Suns midway through the third quarter after landing hard on his hand on a drive into the lane that ended with a collision with Baynes.
"It's been a tough start for us on many levels," Warriors head coach Steve Kerr said.
"Obviously this puts us in a tough spot."
Baynes, who scored 24 points including a game-high 13 rebounds in the Suns' 11-point victory, said he felt sorry for Curry after the game.
"It was unfortunate. I never want to see someone go down and get hurt, let alone be a part of it. Best wishes to him and hopefully (he makes) a speedy recovery and comes back better."
Curry, 31, is the oldest player on the Golden State roster. The Warriors have had a rash of major injuries to stars dating to the NBA Finals that ended the 2018-19 season in June.
In the past six games of consequence for the team, they have lost since-departed Kevin Durant (Achilles), Klay Thompson (left knee) and Curry (hand) to long-term injuries.
Golden State is 1-3 to start the 2019-2020 season.