OAKLAND – Within 21 seconds, Warrior guard Stephen Curry sparked excitement about his outside shooting and then concern about his durability.
In his first game since missing the past six with a sprained right ankle, Curry strained his left knee. That made the Warriors’ 106-94 victory over the Atlanta Hawks on Friday at Oracle Arena an afterthought.
Curry finished with 29 points, showing efficiency from the field (10 of 18), 3-point range (3 of 8) and free-throw line (6 of 6) in 25 minutes after shooting only 1-of-6 in the first quarter. Curry did not become as fortunate in avoiding another injury.
Curry just converted on a four-point play to give the Warriors a 66-64 lead with 3:30 remaining in the third quarter, suggesting he finally shed his rustiness. On the next play, though, Warriors center JaVale McGee contested a shot, fell down on the ground and tumbled into Curry’s left leg.
Immediately, Curry hobbled around the court and the sellout crowd at Oracle Arena groaned collectively. Curry kept pacing around the court in hopes to shake the ailment off. But Curry still limped. Moments later, Curry sat on the bench with his head down on his hands before heading to the locker room with the Warriors training staff.
The Warriors diagnosed Curry’s injury midway through the fourth quarter. By that point, the Warriors (54-18) established a comfortable lead after trailing by as many as 15 points against a Hawks team (21-51) that had gone 2-8 in their previous 10 games. Yet, the Warriors have hardly put much importance in keeping pace with the Houston Rockets (58-14) for the No. 1 seed in the Western Conference.
Instead, the Warriors have emphasized long-term health to their star players. Curry’s latest injury provided questions on whether that is possible. Though Warriors coach Steve Kerr expects Klay Thompson (right …read more
Source:: The Mercury News – Sports