Steph Curry showed the league why he is the current NBA MVP with a brilliant performance against the Utah Jazz on Tuesday night in Game 1 of their Western Conference Semifinals series.
Curry was the top performer on the night, as his 22 points, seven rebounds, and five assists after just over half an hour of action helped the Golden State Warriors defeat the Jazz 106-94 at the Oracle Arena.
However, it wasn't all glorious for the four-time All-Star during the playoff game, as he did produce a little bit of a scare for Warriors fans watching.
During a lay-up shot in the second half, Curry tweaked his left ankle and was seen limping slightly and being attended to by a trainer. He ended up sitting out for most of the fourth quarter, only coming in for one offensive possession.
After the game, the media was desperate for an update on the two-time MVP, which acting Warriors coach Mike Brown and Curry provided, via Jazz beat writer Andy Larsen and ESPN's Marc J. Spears.
Curry told reporters that his left ankle was just fine and joked that he would not try to dunk anymore. If that's what it takes to keep arguably the best player in the NBA fresh and injury-free for the rest of the playoffs, then Warriors fans won't mind him not dunking one bit.
The Warriors win against the Jazz gave them the first game in their series which would see the winner advance to the Conference Finals. If Golden State wants to win another championship, they'll need Curry on the court.
The Warriors star almost caused another player on the court to injure their ankles, as he caused Jazz's Rudy Gobert to go for a spin ridiculous dribble-drive in the first half.
Curry will look to continue his strong start to the Conference Semifinals when Golden State meets Utah again on Thursday night for Game 2 of their series.