Per Mavericks PR, guard Seth Curry has a stress reaction in his left tibia with no definitive timetable for his return.
Mavs announce Seth Curry will be out after being diagnosed with a stress reaction of his left tibia. No timetable for a return.— Bobby Karalla (@bobbykaralla) October 7, 2017
A stress reaction is a precursor to a stress fracture, as there is not yet a crack in the bone, only significant wear on the bone that causes it to become weaker. The Mavericks have announced that Curry will be “reevaluated weekly”, so it’s anyone’s guess as to when Curry will return.
Earlier in training camp, Carlisle hinted that Curry would start, and Nerlens Noel would come off the bench. Now, the Mavericks head coach will potentially have to make a decision on whether Noel will be inserted into the starting lineup pushing Wesley Matthews back to the two, or if a guard like Yogi Ferrell, J.J. Barea or Devin Harris will pair with Dennis Smith Jr. to shape the Mavericks’ starting backcourt.
Curry was having a slow start to the preseason, and this injury might be why. Through three games, he was averaging six points on 31 percent shooting from the field, including 18 percent from three.
If this injury plagues Curry throughout the season, this could be a tough draw for both the 27-year-old guard earning a starting role in a contract year and the Mavericks as a team. Whether he’s out briefly or for a significant amount of time, his perimeter shooting and underrated defense would be sorely missed.