Stephen Curry injury scare proves only a minor obstacle to a huge performance

SAN FRANCISCO — This highly hyped showdown of point guards was almost derailed before it got started, and the Warriors’ season along with it. But a collective sigh of relief was exhaled at Chase Center when Stephen Curry remained in the game after appearing to tweak his shoulder early Monday night against the Atlanta Hawks.

The shoulder proved only a minor obstacle in an otherwise monster night for the Warriors superstar as he went shot-for-shot with Hawks star guard Trae Young, and then some. Curry scored the first 10 points of the game and had 40 by the end of the third quarter.

Curry had the Warriors up 10-0 when his left arm got snagged while chasing Bogdan Bogdanović around a screen set by Clint Capela around the 9 minute mark of the first quarter. Bogdanović finished the play, Steve Kerr called timeout, and Curry made a beeline for Dr. Rick Celebrini and the Warriors training staff.

Curry remained in the game after the timeout but subbed out earlier than normal, at 6:38, and had his left shoulder wrapped in a bulky ice pack. He scored 10 before the bump on the screen and put up another five before coming out of the game as the Warriors attempted to keep pace with Trae Young and the Hawks. After a brief rest, Curry returned at 3:14 and appeared back to normal, if not better than ever.

Curry sank a 30-footer as the clock ticked down and took 24 points into intermission. The Warriors needed them all as they still trailed 65-61 at halftime, despite starting the game on a 10-0 run behind Curry’s hot hand.

Young nearly matched Curry shot-for-shot while scoring 21 in the first half, but Curry took control in the third quarter. He scored another 18 to give the Warriors a 102-85 advantage heading into the final period.

By the end of the third quarter, Curry had secured the 51st 40-point performance of his career.

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Author: Evan Webeck