UPDATE 4:50 PM: This really isn’t a surprise if you saw the play — Stephen Curry has been diagnosed with what the team called a “mild concussion” and he will not play Wednesday.
I’m not a fan of the word “mild” when it comes to brain injuries (I have concerns about how the “warrior mentality” we demand of athletes with these injuries to play through them leads to some serious long term issues), but there certainly degrees. Whatever degree Curry’s is at, he will have to pass the league’s concussion protocols now, which is a series of mental tests rated against a baseline test, and done after varying degrees of physical activity. Then he has to be cleared by a team doctor and a league neurologist.
He could be ready to go in a couple days, it could be longer. But he will not play Wednesday. That means expect a lot of Andre Iguodala playing the point.
12:25 PM: It was an awkward play.
In the fourth quarter Monday night of the Golden State win over Utah, Stephen Curry drove but got trapped, tried to pass out of it but was bumped and fell down, then Marvin Williams unintentionally fell on Curry’s head. It looked like it hurt.
Curry stayed down for a minute, went to the locker room and did not return with what was then described as a headache, as reported CSNBayArea.com. The obvious concern is a concussion, but Curry in his postgame interview (follow this link to see it) he didn’t seem to think that would be the case.
“I haven’t had any concussion episodes before. When I first hit, it rung my bell pretty hard. I made sure I took my time. I didn’t want to put myself in jeopardy for the next game, especially with the lead we had.
“I haven’t seen any tape or anything, but the way it felt, it was definitely pretty serious.”
The Warriors next game is Wednesday when they host a Memphis team that has won four in a row.
Curry will be tested for a concussion, if he doesn’t have one he can play Wednesday. If he does have one, even a “mild” one — there really are no mild brain injuries — he will have to go through the league’s concussion protocol, where he has to pass tests and while going through increasing levels of physical activity, with a league neurologist ultimately signing off on the results.
We will keep you updated if he is going to miss time.