Stephen Curry Exits Game 4 With Sprained Knee, Warriors Dominate 2nd Half Without Him

Bradley Whitaker
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The Golden State Warriors are now one win away from moving on to the second round after defeating the Houston Rockets in Game 4 to take a 3-1 series lead.

But the 121-94 victory had to come without Stephen Curry touching the floor in the second half.

Curry returned to the lineup on Saturday after missing the last two games with a right ankle/foot injury. To the casual basketball fan, the soon-to-be back-to-back MVP could have played both games, but was kept out against a dysfunctional Rockets team as a precaution. But now Golden State fans have another reason to be concerned.

In the second quarter of Game 4, Steph exited the game after he awkwardly slipped and fell guarding Trevor Ariza. Curry was able to limp to the locker room, putting some weight on that right knee, but the pain was evident.

Curry in the tunnel:

Dramatization:

The teams were tied at halftime, but the Warriors stepped up without their superstar as they’ve done time and time again this series.

Golden State outscored Houston 65-38 in the second half to easily take Game 4, putting up an NBA-record 21 three-pointers total, only one of which came from Curry. Fans can thank Klay Thompson (7-of-11), Draymond Green (4-of-6) and Andre Iguodala (3-of-4) for their hot shooting from beyond the arc.

So the Warriors take a commanding 3-1 lead back to Oakland, and they should have no trouble closing out the Rockets without Steph (one would assume). Stay tuned for more details regarding Curry’s injury. Hopefully he’ll be back on the floor for the second round against the Clippers or Trail Blazers.

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