Golden State Warriors star guard Stephen Curry suffered a concussion to his tailbone late in the third quarter of Wednesday’s 108-94 win over the Rockets in Houston and did not return.
The injury occurred on the last play of the third quarter, after Curry missed an off-balance 3-pointer. His momentum lifted him off the ground and pushed him into the bleachers next to the Rockets bench. He appeared to stumble on the first level of risers and was unable to stop the fall.
Warriors coach Steve Kerr called the injury “a little scary,” but said after the game that he doesn’t think Curry will miss a lot of time.
“He says it will be fine in the long run,” Kerr said. “It’s definitely going to bother him for the next few days though. I have no idea if he’s going to play in Memphis.” [on Friday], but he seems to feel like he’ll be fine for the next week or so, but we’ll see … and please don’t take that as I’m saying he’ll be out for a week. . He could be practicing [Thursday] as far as I know, but we’ll give you an update as soon as we have one. “
Kerr said Curry did not receive X-rays after the game and did not expect him to undergo further testing.
“I didn’t see it at first, and then after the doorbell rang, I saw everyone get up to see what was happening,” Kerr said. “So it was scary. After that, he told me that he started backtracking and basically he would have fallen back to the fans sitting on the court, but there’s no one there, obviously. So he said he took that step. hoping to stop and he just kept going and landed on his rump, on that piece of metal in the sideline that holds the bleachers in place.
Curry immediately grabbed his back in pain and stayed on the ground for a few moments after initially trying to get up. He returned directly to the Warriors locker room to be examined and was later discarded.
Warriors forward Draymond Green said he spoke with Curry after the game and, like Kerr, said the star guard thought he would fall back on the Rockets bench.
“Hopefully it’s not too long,” Green said. “But at the end of the day, the most important thing is your health. When you’re dealing with a tailbone injury, if that’s not right, other things tend to go off and you start using other muscles that you shouldn’t.” be using. Next man up, but other guys need to continue to improve, including me. “
Curry finished the game 7 of 18 from the field, but only 2 of 11 from beyond the arc.