Sunday, July 3, 2022

Stephen Curry foot injury update: Warriors star won’t need MRI ahead of Finals Game 4 vs. Celtics, per report

The Golden State Warriors lost Game 3 of the 2022 NBA Finals, 116-110, on Wednesday night, but an even bigger storyline that emerged from that was a left foot injury to Stephen Curry. Late in the fourth quarter, Curry was in some serious pain after Boston Celtics big man Al Horford appeared to land on top of Curry’s lower leg during a scrum for a loose ball. 

However, while the initial injury looked rather troublesome, as of Thursday morning there’s optimism within the Warriors camp that Curry evaded a major injury and he won’t need an MRI, according to The Athletic. Curry’s slated to attend Golden State’s practice Thursday afternoon, according to the report, which is also a positive sign that the injury won’t hinder him much. 

When the injury occurred, Curry stayed in the game for several more minutes, though he appeared to be laboring around the court after the incident. After the game, the two-time league MVP said it felt like a mild foot sprain.

Here’s a look at the play:

“I’ll be all right,” Curry said after Game 3. “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.” 

Curry then added a sentence that should put Warriors fans at ease, a bit: “I don’t feel like I’ll miss a game.” 

Curry saying that he doesn’t think he’ll miss a game, coupled with the latest report that he won’t need an MRI is a huge sigh of relief for the Warriors. It’s impossible to overstate how important he is to Golden State’s entire offensive attack, so him being as close to 100 percent healthy is top priority.

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However, the quick turnaround from Games 3 and 4, with only 48 hours between them, will test Curry’s pain tolerance. Boston did a great job of hunting him on defense in Game 3, and got him into foul trouble early in the contest. The Celtics will surely do that again, and if Curry’s dealing with any sort of pain in that left foot, it could be problematic for Golden State.

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