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Steph Curry is out for at least three months

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Curry had successful surgery, and the Warriors released the first timeline.

NBA: Phoenix Suns at Golden State Warriors Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports

The Golden State Warriors have released their first injury update for Steph Curry, who broke his hand during Wednesday night’s loss to the Phoenix Suns. And the news is not great.

Golden State announced that the two-time MVP successfully underwent surgery, and that he will be reevaluated in three months. That three month date is strictly for reevaluation - it’s not an estimate of when he’ll be back. So don’t circle your calendars for February 1, because that’s simply when he’ll have the hand looked at.

Three months from now marks the 50th game of the season for the Warriors. Meaning even if Curry returns shortly after reevaluation, he’ll only get 25-30 games in before the season ends.

In other words, prepare yourselves for a lottery season, Warriors fans. That seems the most likely scenario, by a comfortable margin.

There’s certainly a good chance that Curry doesn’t play again this year. If that reevaluation determines that he’s still a good ways off, that will take him to the end of the season. And even if he’s ready to return by, say, March 1, the Warriors very well may be removed from the playoff race, in which case Golden State might just shut him down, play for a high draft pick, and regroup in 2020-21.

Either way, it’s not the news that Curry, or the team was hoping for. But then again, you can never count them out: