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Kerr: 'We can beat anybody in the league without Steph'

You have to give it to Steve Kerr, he's not afraid to put himself out there in terms of what he believes the Golden State Warriors can accomplish, even if Steph Curry can't answer the bell.

Take for example, this, which he told reporters Monday.

“Regular season or playoffs, we can beat anybody in the league without Steph,” Kerr said.

Before the Golden State's game against the Utah Jazz on Sunday night, Kerr announced "there's no way" Curry would play in the first round of the playoffs.

Curry was diagnosed with the Grade 2 MCL sprain, suffered Friday night against visiting Atlanta. He will be re-evaluated in three weeks.

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However, Curry didn't see it that way.

“Hopefully, I prove what Coach said wrong and put myself in a position to get back as soon as possible,” he said.

Kerr was asked about Curry’s comment Monday and he made one thing very clear -- it won't be Curry who has the ultimate say in his return.

“We’ve got to protect Steph from himself,” Kerr said.

Curry, a former two-time MVP, had four ankle injuries before suffering the knee sprain Friday night.

“Steph’s going to want to come back because that’s who he is,” Kerr said. “But when he’s ready, he’s ready. And that’s when we’ll make the decision.”