Stephen Curry returns after a nasty fall and looks like his old self by the end of Monday’s game
When it finally happened midway though the second quarter on Monday night, Curry came down with a sickening thud beyond the baseline and suddenly everything else was up in the air. The game, the series, the Warriors’ magnificent season and, most important, the health of the NBA’s 2015 MVP and singular performer.
The most prolific shooter in the game was on defense, trailing a Houston Rockets’ fast break, and launched himself in an attempt to block a layup from behind. When Trevor Ariza paused to gather himself, Curry soared, caught his knees and then his backside on Ariza’s shoulders and tumbled upside down and out of control before coming down hard and smacking his head on the Toyota Center floor.
“When it was happening, I felt like I was in an R Kelly music video with angels all around me,” Curry said to a friend in the Warriors’ locker room.
Turns out, those angels were watching over him as Curry ran through a battery of tests through halftime and eventually came back to play in the middle of the third quarter. If there was ever a time when a 128-115 loss could come with some comfort, this was it.