Golden State Warriors Defeat Houston Rockets to Take 3-1 Series Lead; Steph Curry Hurt Again
Steph Curry, who returned to action Sunday after missing the past two games with a sprained right ankle, will undergo an MRI on Monday after spraining his knee midway through Golden State’s 121-94 Game 4 win over Houston.
Curry slipped while guarding Houston’s Trevor Ariza at the first-half buzzer and banged his right knee on the floor. The reigning league MVP grabbed the knee and limped off to the locker room.
Warriors Show Heart of A Champion Without Curry
Curry’s day was done after the reigning MVP suffered a sprained right knee in the second quarter and wasn’t able to get through his halftime warmup routine. However, the Warriors responded like defending NBA champions, raining down shots to outscore the Houston Rockets by 21 points in the third quarter on their way to a 121-94 rout in Game 4 of their first-round series.
With the score 56-56, the Warriors went on without Curry and proceeded to punish the Rockets. Draymond Green hit his first three 3-point attempts of the third quarter. After Green scored eight straight Warriors’ points, Klay Thompson hit back-to-back 3-pointers and finished with four shots from beyond the arc in the quarter.
Thompson scored a game-high 23 points, hitting seven 3-pointers one game after missing each of his seven attempts from beyond the arc. The Warriors finished 21 for 40 from 3-point range, which was one away from their franchise record. The outburst came on a day Curry was held to six points on 1-for-7 shooting from long distance and 2 of 9 overall.
Houston Has A Problem
The Warriors lost their best player in a game tied at halftime and by the start of the fourth quarter, Houston trailed by 21 points. The Rockets, realizing Golden State had just shown a huge weakness and understanding they could tie the series, let the Warriors outscore them by 21!
The Rockets have been embarrassing the entire season, but nothing quite tops this. This team went to the Western Conference Finals last year and now they’re down 3-1 without Curry even playing two full halves of basketball.
It’s time for Houston’s season to end before they muck things up even worse.
Steph’s Availability Will Be a Huge Question Mark
The Golden State Warriors were the favorites to win the championship this season. As the reigning champions and fresh off the best regular season in NBA history, how could they not be? But this is a cruel reminder why every champion in this league is equal parts skill and luck.
Curry could be fine and back in the lineup for Game 5 like nothing happened, but if the soon-to-be two-time MVP has to miss any time, the entire championship aspirations of this team could change.
With game 5 scheduled for Wednesday, time will tell how serious of an injury Steph Curry is dealing with.
(Golden State Warriors Defeat Houston Rockets)