The Golden State Warriors lost what could end up being a pivotal Game 3 matchup against the Boston Celtics on Wednesday night, but may have avoided near disaster when it comes to star point guard Steph Curry.
Curry suffered a foot injury during the fourth quarter of Game 3, where Curry very clearly was grimacing in pain while at the bottom of a pile for a loose ball.
Golden State Warriors’ Stephen Curry reacts in pain during scramble with Boston Celtics’ Marcus Smart in 4th quarter of Celtics’ 116-100 win during Game 3 of NBA Finals in Boston. @sfchronicle photo by @ScottStrazzante pic.twitter.com/Dy1AunWCP4
— Scott Strazzante (@ScottStrazzante) June 9, 2022
The Warriors appeared very outmatched in the game by the Celtics’ depth, and despite Curry’s game-high 31 points, Boston was very much in control for the majority of the game.
Directly after the game, Curry gave an update that didn’t sound too confident about his status for Game 4.
“I’ll be all right,” Curry explained. “I got caught underneath Al [Horford]. Obviously, there’ll be some pain, but I’ll be alright. Figure out how it feels tomorrow and get ready for Friday … [It was] the same thing I did against Boston during the regular season, but not as bad.”
Steph says he will be alright after hurting his foot during a scramble for the ball pic.twitter.com/zlxj3YQRgR
— Warriors on NBCS (@NBCSWarriors) June 9, 2022
Golden State will absolutely need Curry to be healthy in order to tie up this series on Friday. Curry seems to realize that, and while it is still unlikely that he will be at 100 percent for the game, an update on his status is that he plans to play on Friday.
Stephen Curry: "I am going to play."
— Marc J. Spears (@MarcJSpears) June 9, 2022
It is certainly worth noting that Curry missed the end of the regular season in a very similar play against the Celtics where he sprained ligaments in his left foot.
Steph came up limping after fighting for a loose ball pic.twitter.com/hOjIvE2f8k
— Warriors on NBCS (@NBCSWarriors) March 17, 2022
We will see exactly how hampered Curry is when the Warriors attempt to even up the series on Friday.