Stephen Curry has had a rollercoaster playoff campaign this year, to say the least.
The back-to-back MVP suffered ankle and knee injuries in the first round series against the Houston Rockets and has not looked 100% healthy since he returned to the side.
In multiple games in the last two series against the Oklahoma City Thunder and Cleveland Cavaliers, Curry has performed way below the level he set during the regular season where he became the first ever unanimous MVP.
Both the point guard and his head coach Steve Kerr have refused to blame injuries for some of his below-par performances and have constantly maintained that he is not hurt.
The three-time All-Star has once again had to come out and make things clear about his health after a report by Mark Heisler of the Los Angeles Daily News.
Heisler claimed that the 28-year-old is dealing with more issues than we know, hence why he's not been at his customary best.
The report states:
"If Steph Curry has only been Steph Curry intermittently, there's a reason.
"He's hurting ... even more than he acknowledged last week while withdrawing from the U.S. Olympic team.
"It's not just the ankle and the knee that he sprained, sidelining him for six games in the first two rounds.
"A source says Curry consulted an orthopedist in Southern California. Steph's MRI showed issues with both shoulders as well as his knees, some of which may require surgery this summer."
Curry, however, refuted these claims immediately when speaking ahead of tonight's game five against the Cavs - despite having an ice pack wrapped around his shoulder.
“I can’t even keep a straight face,” Curry said. “Whoever said I was getting shoulder surgery and all that kind of stuff, we’ve got bumps and bruises, but we’ll be all right.”
He definitely looked all right when he dropped 38 points on the Cavaliers as the Warriors took a 3-1 lead in the NBA Finals on Friday night.
As the report mentioned, unsurprisingly the three-point marksman did indeed withdraw from consideration for Team USA at this summer's Olympics in Rio.
Having endured a gruelling year which has resulted in multiple injuries in the postseason, it's maybe for the best.
He may have had more than just bumps and bruises, but it appears it will all be worth it as the Dubs are just one win away from claiming a second consecutive title. As the saying goes, no pain, no gain.
At this stage of the postseason, it's rare for any player to be at full health as the rigours of a long season takes its toll on all concerned.
Golden State are on the verge of bringing the curtain down on another eventful campaign and one in which the franchise will remember for quite some time.