After Stephen Curry’s frightning fall in Game 4, there were plenty of reasons to think this could be a concussion. There was the glassy look in his eyes as he walked to the locker room. There was the nasty nature of the fall itself. Then there was the fact when he did return to the court he airballed his first jump hot and looked a step slow throughout the game.
However, Curry passed not one but two concussion protocol tests, reports Tim Kawakami at the San Jose Mercury News.
There was a moment in the Warriors’ locker room, almost an hour after Stephen Curry slammed his head against the floor, that he had passed every test and Game 4 was still going on. In fact, according to Warriors general manager Bob Myers, the team doctors made Curry duplicate the concussion protocols to be doubly sure…
“At the very, very end, when he passed the tests, then it became ‘there’s no reason he couldn’t play,’” (Warriors GM Bob) Myers said. “So then it was, he passed the tests, passed them once, passed them twice… At that moment, he looked at me, said, ‘Yeah, I’m ready to go.’”
I’m not a doctor, if they cleared him then he must have passed the tests (players take a baseline exam before the season for comparison).
Still, you know that Meyers and the rest of the Warriors staff had to be thinking “maybe he should just sit the rest of this one out.” He came back out and wasn’t quite himself all game (the airball maybe was about rust after an hour off and no warmups… maybe). Up 3-0 in the series, there was not a lot of pressure on the Warriors.
Curry reported no symptoms after the game or on Tuesday, which means expect the regular, MVP Curry back for Game 5 Wednesday night. That should concern the Rockets.