Stephen Curry may have had an uncharacteristically cold shooting night in game one of the 2016 NBA Finals, but he was still a factor as the Golden State Warriors took a 1-0 series lead over the Cleveland Cavaliers.
For a while earlier this preseason, however, there was a very real fear that, even if the Warriors did make it to their second straight Finals, they would have to compete without their star man due to injury.
Speaking over the weekend, GSW's own general manager, Bob Myers, admitted even he had genuine concerns that the two-time NBA MVP would be forced out of the playoffs when he saw him slip on a wet spot of the court during the first round series against the Houston Rockets:
"Two series ago, with Steph, I thought he was maybe done for the postseason," Myers told CBS Sports Radio's Ken Berger.
"A slip on a wet spot. That’s where in the position of being a front office, coach, anyone who’s not playing, the way you survive emotionally is you feel like you left it all out there.”
Having sat out games two and three of the Rockets series with an ankle issue, Curry had only just returned to the hardwood for game four when he slipped on the court and suffered an MCL injury as a result.
Fortunately for Myers, Curry and the Warriors it was later diagnosed as a grade one sprain and, after missing a couple of weeks, the point guard was able to return in game four of the second round series against Portland.
Clearly, though, for a moment there was genuine fear in the GSW front office that they had lost Curry for the long-term.