The Warriors announced Tuesday that Stephen Curry suffered a "mild concussion" during Golden State's 98-87 road victory over Utah on Monday night.
Curry will sit out Golden State's game against Memphis on Wednesday. He is officially being listed as "day-to-day" and will require independent medical clearance before he can return to the court. The NBA instituted a strict concussion protocol prior to the 2011-12 season. Any player deemed to have suffered a concussion must pass a series of tests and receive clearance from the NBA’s concussion program director, Dr. Jeffrey Kutcher, before returning to action.
The cause of Curry's concussion was both fluky and frightening. With a little less than nine minutes remaining in the fourth quarter and Golden State leading Utah 87-67, Curry lost his dribble amid two defenders in the paint and fell to the floor in hopes of saving the possession. As Curry lay flat, facedown on the court, Marvin Williams fell on top of him, pancaking him to the hardwood and smashing his head against the ground. Williams was able to get up in short order but Curry lay motionless on the court for a number of seconds before receiving medical attention.
"When I first hit [the court], it rung my bell pretty hard," Curry told CSNBayArea.com. "I made sure I took my time. I didn't do anything to put myself in jeopardy for the next game, especially with the lead we had. ... It was definitely pretty serious. ... I was just trying to get my bearings straight. You go from feeling really good running around the court to getting smacked in the head by the ground, it shocks you a little bit."
Curry, 25, is averaging 19.9 points, 8.7 assists, 3.7 rebounds and 1.7 steals while shooting 45.8 percent overall and 43.8 percent from deep this season.
The fifth-year guard has missed just one game this season, a Nov. 8 loss to the Spurs. Warriors coach Mark Jackson used a starting lineup of Andre Iguodala, Klay Thompson, Harrison Barnes, David Lee and Andrew Bogut in that game. Reserve guard Toney Douglas is currently sidelined with a leg injury.
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