Curry, Moody hurt in painful loss to Celtics
Warriors shooting and health come into play, but team gets a chance to reset with three day weekend
“Just get healthy” has been the mantra for the Golden State Warriors. Tonight’s game against the Boston Celtics and their top ranked defense was supposed to be a look at how the team measured up to top tier competition after breezing through the Washington Wizards in Draymond Green’s first game back.
It was still a single digit spread in the closing minutes of the second quarter when every Warriors’ fan’s worst nightmare came true. Some jerk hurt Stephen Curry.
Marcus Smart had a very sloppy and very physical five seconds or so where he managed to roll his body over Curry’s lower legs, and then somehow also rush back in time to literally kick Klay Thompson on his fast break attempt. It was really somethin’…
Here’s the play:
And here’s the latest updates:
Curry is getting an MRI tonight “on the top of his foot” — Warriors waiting on results.
Thompson, thankfully, was none the worse for the exchange; but Curry limped off the court. With his history, and the tremendous amount of weight he carries for the Warriors, I know that I was far from alone when I stood up in my living room and said “oh no.”
As an extremely amateur internet doctor, it’s my non-professional opinion that it’s not all that bad. It was clearly painful, and you hate those ankle rolls that affect the inside of the foot [note that this was later updated to be an MRI on the top of his foot, not his ankle] — but once he shook it off, you can see him jogging back towards the locker room:
Rookie Moses Moody took a hit too, one that looks a bit more concerning to my non-doctor eye. Fighting for a rebound, there’s a fairly innocuous looking bump that left Moody clutching his shoulder. It looked a little bit like Die Hard.
On to the basketball game, the Warriors got blitzed to close the second quarter, and even before Curry went down, the team was struggling to manufacture any offense. Opening the game with 15, and then 17 points in the first two quarters felt deflating. Even though the game wasn’t technically out of reach yet, the vibes were all bad.
But then in the third, Jordan Poole exploded on to the scene and the Warriors gave us a glimpse of a team that is learning to not give up.
Curry talked earlier in the season about a “loser’s mentality” and it seemed that the message was resonating because Golden State made a nice push in the third quarter, even though all signs were pointing towards a slow rolling blowout.
Maybe the refs had a bit to do with it, but it really was a credit to the Warriors to hang in a game that very much felt like one of those “welp, just not our night” nights.
Like so much of this season though: whatever.
The Celtics are honestly good, and played great. The Warriors shot horribly, Curry didn’t even play half the game.
Just get healthy.