Stephen Curry started Wednesday night unsure if he would play in Indiana because of a sore right knee.
He finished it in the locker room with an injured left shoulder.
The eight-time All-Star, two-time MVP and NBA career three-point leader is expected to have an MRI on Thursday after leaving during the third quarter of Golden State’s 125-119 loss at Indiana.
Curry was injured with about two minutes left in the third quarter as the Warriors tried to rally from a 20-point halftime deficit. His three-point play with 4:16 left in the third got Golden State within 83-80.
But as Pacers forward Jalen Smith dribbled toward the baseline, Curry tried to stop him by sticking out his left arm. Smith continued, and Curry’s arm bent back awkwardly. Curry grabbed his shoulder as he stood bent over on the court and then went to the locker room during the next timeout.
“The coaches told me midway through the fourth quarter that he wasn’t going to come back,” Warriors coach Steve Kerr said. “I trust your judgment. I only talked to him shortly after the game, so I haven’t had a chance to talk to him yet.
Curry didn’t take questions after scoring 38 points, making five threes and making all 11 of his free throws. He is not expected to speak to reporters again until Friday, when the defending NBA champions visit Philadelphia for the third stop of a six-game road trip.
The Warriors have already lost their first two games on their longest Eastern swing of the season. Now they could be without their best player as they try to climb back above .500.
“This is a tough stretch of the season and if Steph is out, it’s going to be tougher for sure,” Kerr said. “If we’re healthy, I feel like we can beat anybody — I think this team has proven that. We just have to find a way to get there.”
Curry was his usual sensational self while in the game. He accounted for half of the Warriors’ 54 points in the first half and finished with seven rebounds, seven assists and two steals.
All-Star guard Klay Thompson missed his second straight game with a right knee injury, and Andrew Wiggins sat out with an abdominal injury. Then in the fourth quarter, forward Draymond Green was ejected after picking up two technical fouls in a span of 14 seconds.
Because of Curry, the Warriors still had a chance.
“He basically put us on his shoulders the minutes he was out there,” Kerr said. “He got to the line, found other people, and I thought the guys did a good job of battling.”
But if Curry misses out on significant timeThe Warriors won’t be the same.
“Steph is always a guy with a good outlook on life,” Kerr said. – So we hope for the best.