Severely injury-ridden Golden State Warriors faced yet another threat when Stephen Curry suffered a tailbone contusion in the game last night vs. Houston Rockets. The second unit stepped up to tilt the game in their favour, winning 108-94 when Steph left the game and didn’t return.
Steph Curry went back to the locker room after taking a fall during the fourth quarter. pic.twitter.com/OX5T2WJhV3
— ESPN (@espn) March 18, 2021
The Golden state warriors are having a bad season as it is with Klay Thompson missing another season and James Wisemen, Kevan Looney, and Eric Pascal injured every other game. They have barely managed to stay above the 0.5 mark as the 9th seed in the relatively tougher western conference. Getting blown out by LA Lakers, Brooklyn Nets, and Milwaukee Bucks is not helping Stephen Curry’s MVP case either.
Although Steph wasn’t having a particularly good shooting night, the Warriors took the dub ultimately as most of Houston’s starting line up is either being traded or injured. Curry fell on his back in the fourth quarter and hit the metal stairs. This led to a tailbone contusion due to which he did not return.
Golden State Warriors uncertain about Stephen Curry’s return
To dub nation’s delight, Steve Kerr was positive about Stephen Curry’s return next week. Although the Warriors haven’t given an update they fairly certain that Curry will join them for practice within this week and might even play the game vs. Memphis Grizzlies. They did not get an x-ray or any additional tests because the injury was not severe.
When asked, Steve Kerr expressed that they will not rush into things and give Steph time to recover and join them voluntarily.
“He says he’s going to be fine long term. It’s going to bother him, though, for definitely the next few days. No idea if he’ll play in Memphis [on Friday], but he seems to be feeling like he’ll be OK over the next week or so, but we’ll see … and please don’t take that to mean that I’m saying he’s going to be out for a week. He could be practicing [Thursday] for all I know, but we’ll give you an update as soon as we have one.”
Clearly, the Golden State Warriors are not bothered by the tailbone contusion so we can expect Curry to fly out to Memphis on 19th March with the team. So far, he’s missed two games both of which resulted in a loss. Even though his shooting is mediocre this season, just his presence uplifts the team. His gravity creates open looks for teammates and he is capable of creating plays for himself as well as others.
Stephen Curry pulled this team up from the worst record in the league last season to 9th seed and probably the playoffs this season. Although this injury was not serious, the Warriors must give him enough rest and load management to keep him ready for the playoffs if they make it.