After Golden State Warriors star Stephen Curry suffered a tailbone contusion on March 17, head coach Steve Kerr called the injury “kind of scary.”
The injury occurred on the final play of the third quarter after Curry took an off-balance three-pointer, fell back, couldn’t break his fall and landed awkwardly on his tailbone.
After staying on the floor for a few moments in pain, Curry went back to the Warriors locker room and was eventually ruled out for the rest of the game against the Houston Rockets.
“He says he’s going to be fine long term,” said Kerr. “It’s going to bother him, though, for definitely the next few days. No idea if he’ll play in Memphis [on Friday], but he seems to be feeling like he’ll be OK over the next week or so, but we’ll see … and please don’t take that to mean that I’m saying he’s going to be out for a week. He could be practicing [Thursday] for all I know, but we’ll give you an update as soon as we have one.”
Kerr also added that Curry didn’t get X-rays after the game and is not expected to undergo any additional testing.
“I didn’t see it at first, and then after the buzzer sounded, I saw everybody getting up to look at what was happening,” said Kerr. “So it was scary. He told me after that he started backpedaling and normally he would have basically fallen back into the fans sitting courtside, but there’s nobody there, obviously. So he said he sort of took that step expecting to stop and he just kept going and fell right on his tailbone, on that piece of metal on the sidelines that holds the stands in place.”
Draymond Green spoke to Curry after the game and shared optimism like Kerr, that Curry wouldn’t miss much time.
“Hopefully it’s not too long,” said Green. “But at the end of the day, the most important thing is his health. When you’re dealing with a tailbone injury, if that’s not right, other things tend to shut down and you start to use other muscles that you shouldn’t be using. Next man up, but other guys got to continue to step up, including myself.”