Golden State Warriors point guard Stephen Curry suffered a heavy fall on Monday night, but fortunately escaped any significant injury in Game 4 of the Western Conference Finals.
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“I was in the air for a long time — just trying to brace yourself,” said Curry, according to ESPN.
The incident involved Houston Rockets star Trevor Ariza who was at no fault as Curry took a hard fall on his head and neck area as well as his back near the end of the second quarter.
Naturally, with such injuries the NBA ensured that the Warriors carried out the appropriate tests to ensure that the point guard and league MVP had no signs of concussion.
While Curry didn’t undergo any X-rays, he returned to the game and finished with 23 points in 31 minutes, although he was unable to help his team avoid defeat as Houston cut their lead to 3-1.
However, the biggest news was that Curry hadn’t suffered any serious damage after the fall as he conceded that he had seen a replay of the incident but “once was enough”.
“I felt a lot better than I did those last couple times, so that was just good news on my end,” Curry added. “Rode the bike for a little bit, got my heart rate up and made sure it didn’t get worse, and ran up and down the hallway and all the balance tests and stuff like that.”
It is unlikely that the effects of his fall will put his ability to play in Game 5 in danger, as the Warriors will hope to be at full strength in order to wrap up the series and advance to the NBA Finals.
Curry was named the MVP this past regular season, and he has been equally as influential in the playoffs thus far as Golden State continue to get solid production from him while he continues to break records and put 30-plus point performances almost every game.