SACRAMENTO — Golden State Warriors player Stephen Curry departed the team’s 119-113 win against the Dallas Mavericks at the end of the third quarter because of what seemed to be a left knee injury.
Curry had an X-ray straight afterwards, and the findings were unfavorable, according to the club. After that, he will get an MRI.
The Mavericks promptly called a timeout, and Curry limped to the bench where he was met by two team trainers. After being examined during the play-break, Curry hobbled back to the locker room. The athletes returned to the field as play began back up.
On the night, Curry finished with 21 points, 7 of 11 from the field, and 7 assists.
“There is a concern level whenever a guy gets an MRI,” Warriors coach Steve Kerr said. We simply have to wait and see what occurs. This has happened countless times throughout the years. Therefore, let’s hope he’s okay.
In the second half of Golden State’s game against the Denver Nuggets the previous night, Curry had slammed that exact same knee. According to Kerr, there may or may not be a connection between that and Curry’s injury on Saturday night.
Kerr was concerned about how much he and Draymond Green had been playing and had planned to try to cut down on Curry’s playing time before Curry’s night was over. Kerr tried to limit the amount of time Curry and Green played by keeping them in the second quarter for a little bit longer than usual in the first quarter.
A left shoulder subluxation caused Curry to miss 11 games earlier in the season. During that time, the Warriors’ record was 6-5.
“We do have some games to look at, some game film to look at,” Kerr said, “if he is eliminated, then we move on.” No matter what, we’ll be ready.
The Warriors were up by 20 points when Curry hurt himself. Until that point, and had put together one of their best recent offensive performances. Curry was the only player for Golden State to reach double figures in scoring.
Draymond Green made three 3-pointers in addition to scoring 17 points. Both JaMychal Green and Klay Thompson finished with 14 points.
Golden State scored 36 points in the first half, or nearly half of their entire point total, to tie for second-most paint points in a half this season. Jonathan Kuminga scored nine points on 4-of-5 shooting, particularly efficient at the basket.
Due in large part to their effective ball movement, which is a key aspect of their style of play, Golden State got off to a strong start. They made 20 of 33 shots from 50 points off passes in the first half.
Golden State, however, continued to struggle to win games in the final seconds. The Warriors were up by 20 points when Curry left the game, but the Mavericks had cut the margin to five points with just over 90 seconds left.
“I didn’t believe we closed the game at all,” Kerr said.
The problem, in Green’s opinion, is a lack of focus when it matters.
“When we get to the stretch, we stop doing the things that work,” Green observed. “Steve might find it challenging to make the right choice every time when the game is close because you’re under pressure, it’s stressful, you’re playing the game, and you’re less likely to pay attention to what’s going on on the sidelines. We must strengthen our capacity to shorten the stretch.
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