As if the Warriors weren’t having a rough enough time already Sunday night in Houston, Golden State fans got a scare in the second quarter when superstar Steph Curry took a hard fall and had to be helped off the court.
Curry, who had torched Houston en route to a 3-0 Golden State lead in the Western Conference finals, went airborne when trying to block a layup attempt by Trevor Ariza with 5:52 left in the first half.
The Warriors star suffered what the team called a head contusion, and underwent a series of tests to rule out a concussion. After being cleared to play by the team’s doctors, he returned to the game with 5:58 left in the third quarter.
Curry’s return seemed improbable when the injury first took place.
As you can see in the video, Ariza had the ball under the basket and went up for a pump fake, drawing Curry into the air. Curry then made contact with Ariza before falling to the floor near the baseline.
Here’s another look at the play:
And one more from a different angle:
The MVP was down on the floor for several minutes before walking into the locker room. The Toyota Center, rocking for most of the night as the Rockets raced out to a 45-22 lead at the end of the first quarter, was virtually silent as the Warriors training staff tended to Curry.