Last week Stephen Curry suffered a left foot injury that will likely keep him out of action until the NBA playoffs, at the soonest.
The play in question occurred when Boston Celtics guard Marcus Smart decided to get particularly overzealous in pursuit of the basketball.
Afterward, Golden State Warriors head coach Steve Kerr called him out for the sequence, prompting a strong response from Smart himself.
This week, Curry himself decided to address the situation.
“He (Marcus Smart) didn’t try to hurt me,” Curry said. “There’s a certain way that he plays that I don’t think many other people would have made the play that he did, but I don’t think it was malicious or dirty or trying to hurt me.”
In the end, Curry thinks it all boils down to how Smart chooses to play the game.
“It’s kind of just a tough situation, like I said it’s just the way that he plays,” he continued. “There’s conversation just around should he, or shouldn’t he have, but it wasn’t like he looked at me and was like, I’m trying to hurt that dude. It’s basketball.”
In their first game without Curry, the Warriors ended up falling to the San Antonio Spurs 110-108. It will be interesting to see what the team is able to do through the rest of the regular season. Currently, they sit just two games head of the Utah Jazz when it comes to the No. 3 seed in the Western Conference.
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Between the Andrew Wiggins issues and now this, the Warriors are down pretty bad right now.
Will they be able to recover in time for the playoffs? Time will tell.
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