Steph Goes Down; Warriors Step Up


Ben Auten, Staff Writer

Sunday afternoon, reigning NBA MVP, Stephen Curry, went down with a horrible looking injury on the last play of the first half of Game 4 against the Houston Rockets. After missing Game 2 and 3 due to a right ankle injury, Curry returned to action looking to help his Golden State Warriors repeat as NBA Champions. However, at the end of the 2nd quarter, Curry went to contest Rockets’ James Harden shot at the buzzer, and slipped on a wet spot, falling awkwardly onto the court.

He was helped up, and hobbled off the court without any help, but it was clear something had gone wrong. Curry came out for the warmups to begin the second half, but was told he would not be able to play for the rest of the game. He then walked right back up the tunnel he came out of, showing visible frustration along the way. There were reports that Curry cried back in the locker room as he was forced to watch his team from the couch.

However, sans Steph, the Warriors dominated the Rockets, en route to a 121- 94 win. Golden State made an NBA record 21 threes in the game, and fellow Splash Brother Klay Thompson shot 7-11 from the three and scored 23 points. Also, last year’s Finals MVP, Andre Iguodala, scored 22 points off the bench, and the Warriors pulled away in the second half.

But, after an ever important Game 4 victory on the road, there was little celebration from Golden State, knowing that they were without their point guard, leader, and leading scorer. Curry received an MRI on Monday, which revealed a Grade 1 sprain to his right knee. This injury is a difficult one to judge, in terms of a timetable, as each person recovers differently from the injury. He is scheduled to be reevaluated in two weeks, and the Warriors plan to determine how much more time Steph will need then. At this point, all we can do is wait and see.

Golden State will be looking to finish off the Houston Rockets tomorrow night at home at 10:30 PM. It is awfully important that Golden State win though because that will allow Curry and his teammates as much rest as possible before heading into the second round game against the winner of the Portland vs. Los Angeles matchup.