Steph Curry injury update: Will Steph Curry play vs Rockets in Game 3 after injuring his finger in game 2? An update on Harden’s injury too
The Warriors-Rockets game 1 was all about the referees and the Rocket’s quest to get foul calls that were becoming more and more preposterous. But game 2 moved away from that as the injuries became the talk of the town in the series that is being called the unofficial finals, where the winner will almost certainly go ahead to win the NBA finals this season.
The two players that went down to injury early in game 2 were the big guns for both sides. In only the 3rd minute of the game, as Capela went in for a rebound, Steph Curry attempted to steal the ball from Capela but hit his fingers on the ball awkwardly, and came away holing his hand. Initially the injury looked to be some kind of wrist injury which would have been a lot worse, but the camera caught Curry’s fingers as he went to the bench and we could see the dislocated finger that turned out to be the real issue.
— John P. Skudris (@SkudrisJohn) May 1, 2019
It does not make for pretty viewing and is a testament to the toughness of NBA players that they suffer injuries like this and don’t react at all, and then tape their fingers together and are back on court in a few minutes.
But before Curry returned to the game, late in the first quarter, Houston Rockets lost their own superstar in Harden to an injury that looked nasty enough to bring an end to his game for the night. Harden and Draymond Green both went up for a rebound and while Draymond got the ball, his hand hit Hardens face in the follow through and was later realized to have hit Harden in both his eyes leading to lacerations in them. So Harden stepped out into the training room to get treatment but also came back, missing just 11 minutes because of it.
Will Steph Curry play vs Rockets in Game 3?
“It hurts, but it’s all right,” said Curry.
“Didn’t break anything. Some higher power is looking out for me on that one.
“Just gotta deal with pain and hopefully, before Saturday, that goes away and will be fine.” he added.
Here is the incident that caused the injury to Harden
James Harden went down after he was hit on the face pic.twitter.com/UZ4dloUpnQ
— Alykhan Bijani (@Rockets_Insider) May 1, 2019
Despite returning Harden looked in clear discomfort, later saying that he could hardly see anything due to the lights. Curry for his part looked fine, even though experts say that, because his left hand was the one that suffered the dislocated finger, his shooting won’t be affected, but his dribbling is just as important to his game as his shooting is and that is something that will be affected, due to the tape on his fingers. Here is Jalen Rose discussing the injuries and what impact they will have on the players and the teams. He does seem to dismiss the idea that Harden was unable to see and was as affected as he says he is.
Here is a look at Harden’s eyes after the return from injury, that does make it look serious, but unfortunately also became in instant meme on Twitter.
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Curry’s injury does seem to genuinely affect his dribbling in a more tangible way. Here is a breakdown of how Curry’s handles are affected due to the injury he suffered.
The tape reduces friction from finger pad to ball which results in a mishandle
*Underscores how important hand placement is & how the fingers in certain positions help manipulate the ball @bballbreakdown pic.twitter.com/ZtNneQQ0HK
— BBiomechanics (@BBiomechanics) May 1, 2019
Serious or not, the injuries don’t look like quick fixes and will affect both teams in the future, maybe beyond the series, for whoever goes out of this series into the Western conference finals.