Playoffs 2019 West Semifinals: Warriors (1) vs. Rockets (4)
Curry dislocates middle finger on non-shooting hand
From NBA Twitter and media reports
Stephen Curry dislocated his left middle finger during the first quarter of Game 2 against the Houston Rockets, leaving the court in pain while clutching his hand.
X-Rays were negative and the Warriors’ medical staff popped the finger back in place, TNT’s Allie LaForce reported.
Stephen Curry (dislocated left middle finger) has returned to the game. X-Rays were negative.
— Warriors PR (@WarriorsPR) May 1, 2019
The injury occurred when Curry tried to poke the ball away from Clint Capela under the rim. Curry reentered with tape around the finger a few minutes later and finished with 20 points on 6-of-16 shooting.
“It hurts, but it’ll be alright. I didn’t break anything. I am fortunate and some higher powers were looking out for me on that one, but hopefully before Saturday that goes away and I’ll be fine,” Curry said after Game 2. “I was able to play. It’s different when I’ve never had a dislocated finger like that before and they pop it back in and you’re just dealing with pain, but I wasn’t thinking about it out there.”
After returning, Curry missed his first four 3-pointers, but then made a finger roll and a pull-up 3-pointer in the final minute of the first quarter. When he came back in the game in the second quarter, Curry blocked Capela’s shot from behind with his injured hand while also saving the ball from going out of bounds.
Overall, Warriors coach Steve Kerr was happy his star didn’t suffer that serious of an injury.
“It looked bad when he came off the floor. I looked at the finger,” Kerr said. “I was hoping it was just a dislocation and not a break. Fortunately that’s what it turned out to be. As far as whether it bothered him, you can ask him that. I thought he did some great things for us and fueled us. May not have shot the 3 that well, but played a great game for us.”