Golden State Warriors star Stephen Curry was all set to play on Saturday night against the Charlotte Hornets.
Then, just before the game was going to get started, Curry was seen walking slowly off the court at the Spectrum Center in North Carolina with a staff member.
Stephen Curry left tonight's game right before tip-off pic.twitter.com/CU4kc5iQ7M
— Bleacher Report (@BleacherReport) February 21, 2021
Curry, the team announced, was pulled from the game at the last second because he was “not feeling well.”
It was not a “health and safety protocol absence” — a designation used for COVID-19 related absences — according to The Athletic’s Anthony Slater. The exact reasoning for his departure, however, is unclear. Curry went through warmups and was introduced as a starter before the game.
“He was going through his usual warm up routine and just did not feel well at all,” Warriors coach Steve Kerr said, via NBC Sports. “So he came back in, saw the Charlotte team doctor, went out, tried to warm up and just wasn’t feeling good. So we made the decision … to not play him. We’ll see how he’s doing tomorrow.”
Steph Curry wasn't pulled due to NBA COVID-19 protocols, Steve Kerr confirmed pic.twitter.com/CxqunAw1O1
— Warriors on NBCS (@NBCSWarriors) February 21, 2021
It's unclear when Curry will return, though Kerr is hopeful he can play on Tuesday when they take on the New York Knicks at Madison Square Garden.
"We'll see how he's feeling in the next two days," Kerr said, via the San Francisco Chronicle's Connor Letourneau.
Curry has averaged 29.9 points and 6.2 assists per game this season while shooting nearly 50 percent from the field. The 32-year-old was replaced in the starting line up by Mychal Mulder.
The Warriors nearly survived without Curry, too. Yet a late ejection from Draymond Green in the final seconds led to a quick four-point Hornets swing to give Charlotte the 102-100 win.
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