Stephen Curry left the Golden State Warriors' Monday night matchup with the Utah Jazz early in the fourth quarter after Jazz forward Marvin Williams fell on his head during a scramble for a loose ball, driving the star point guard's head into the court at EnergySolutions Arena in Salt Lake City.
The play happened just inside the nine-minute mark of the final frame, with the visiting Warriors holding a comfortable 87-67 lead:
As Curry drove to the basket just off the right elbow, Williams and Utah center Enes Kanter converged to stop his penetration. Curry attempted to elude the defenders by pulling up short and dribbling behind his back, but as he turned to his left, he found himself face-to-face with Jazz swingman Mike Harris, losing both his dribble and his balance. As Curry fell to the court, Williams — listed at 6-foot-9, 237 pounds — came down, right hip first, on the side of Curry's head, driving the left side of his face into the court.
Curry laid face down on the court "for several minutes," according to Marcus Thompson of the Contra Costa Times, as teammates and Warriors medical personnel crowded around him. He eventually rolled to his back and sat up; shortly thereafter, he was helped up and off the court, walking straight back to the locker room with a towel over his head.
The Warriors' subsequent injury update noted that Curry "has a headache after getting hit in his head" ... which, y'know, stands to reason. He did not return — again, Golden State had matters well in hand by that point — finishing the game with a team-high 22 points on 7 for 15 shooting, including a 4 for 7 mark from 3-point land, to go with eight assists, six rebounds and three steals in the Warriors' 98-87 win over the Jazz.
For what it's worth, Warriors coach Mark Jackson said after the game that he thought the play looked worse than it really was, and Curry (who later said he just has a "pretty nasty headache") apparently felt OK enough to "loudly celebrate" the Carolina Panthers' win over the New England Patriots on "Monday Night Football." We'll take those as hopeful signs for the moment and keep an eye on Curry's status in the days ahead.
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