Something unusual occurred right before the Golden State Warriors’ Saturday night tilt against the Charlotte Hornets. Steph Curry, who was preparing to play in the city he used to call home, was pulled from the game and made his way to the locker room while the team was huddled up before tip. Curry was escorted by Rick Celebrini, the team’s director of sports medicine and performance.
Steph Curry exited the floor right before tip-off pic.twitter.com/8vvEXfrUmt
— Warriors on NBCS (@NBCSWarriors) February 21, 2021
Curry looked a little down, but it was unclear exactly what was going on. Shortly after this happened, the Warriors announced that the two-time league MVP wasn’t feeling well, and as such, he would not participate in the game.
Stephen Curry is not feeling well and will not play in tonight’s game.
— Warriors PR (@WarriorsPR) February 21, 2021
The good news, relatively speaking, is that Anthony Slater of The Athletic reports that Curry’s absence is not tied to the league’s health and safety protocols put in place amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
This is not a health and safety protocol absence for Steph Curry, I'm told. Not feeling well. But not pulled off the court by the NBA.
— Anthony Slater (@anthonyVslater) February 21, 2021
Hopefully this is nothing more than a minor nuisance and Curry is able to return to action sooner rather than later. He will get an opportunity to rest up and get back to 100 percent due to the fact that the Warriors have a few days off before they take the floor again, as their next game will take place on Tuesday in New York against the Knicks.