Friday night was hot for the Golden State Warriors, who may have just assuaged any fan fears over recent setbacks. After being blown away by the Bucks last night, Steph Curry’s crew responded with a never-ending offensive display against the East-leading Bulls.
The Dubs lost a whopping 138 points in Chicago, ripped the nets with a 56.4% clip, hit 19 triples and returned to the winning streak with a 42-point decision. However, there was at least one scary moment for the team during the game.
With just over nine minutes left in the first half and Golden State on course for a big win, Curry drove the ball into the teeth of the Bulls defense. He was then fouled at the basket by Lonzo Ball, who sent the off-balance star onto the hardwood where he landed hard on his right hand.
Curry eventually moved on but was visibly shaken by the incident, which immediately brought back memories of one of the most devastating injuries of his career.
After the game, Curry did his best to allay any concerns about injuring his hand. However, it was clear that the moment was just as tense for him as it was for the rest of the team and his fans.
“Yeah, anything about the hand, especially the right hand, you worry a little bit,” Curry told reporters after the game via NBC Sports Bay Area. “But the feeling came back, the power came back. It hurts but I’ll be alright.
He added, “I had PTSD two years ago when I landed… Felt kinda the same but I’ll look into it and find out. Should be okay.”
Curry, of course, is referring to October 30, 2019, when he fell during a game against the Suns. That incident resulted in a broken right hand and lost season for the star, who returned for a game in March ahead of the pandemic but was limited to just five total appearances a year.
As of this writing, Curry appears to have managed to avoid a similar fate on this occasion.
All the latest Golden State Warriors news straight to your inbox! Heavy on Warriors newsletter here!
Join Heavy on Warriors!
After struggling during his team’s one-sided loss to the Bucks — he scored just 12 points on 4-of-11 shooting in the game — Curry had something of a rebound against the Bulls.
Due to the blowout nature of the competition, he was limited to 27 minutes in Chicago. However, he still managed to put up 19 points on 7 of 15 from the ground while hitting four of his 10 three-point attempts, sore hand and all.
It was clearly not a performance that fans will remember as the season progresses. However, since it came on the wrong end of a duel against elite competition and amid an extended slump, Curry will likely take it.
As of Nov. 30, he’s made just 37.7% of his field goal attempts and 34.5% from deep.