Golden State Warrior fans are probably shaking their heads at the moment, because the team’s star point guard and leader Stephen Curry broke his hand Wednesday night against the Phoenix Suns.
It happened at 8:31 in the third quarter when the Warriors were losing to the Suns 83-54. Curry was driving to the hoop at the time and got knocked to the floor. And that’s when the Suns’ Aron Baynes, who’s 6 feet 10, 260 pounds, fell on his hand.
The injury couldn’t come at a worse time for the Warriors either, because their all-star shooting guard Klay Thompson suffered a torn ACL in his left knee during Game 6 of the NBA Finals last season.
And Kevin Durant, the Warriors most dangerous scorer, left the team to play for the Brooklyn Nets during the offseason.
“Obviously it’s been a tough start for us on many levels,” the Warriors’ coach Steve Kerr said after the game. “So we’re just trying to find our footing. And obviously this puts us in a tough spot. So we’ll assess it, and we’ll go from there.”
After news of Curry’s broken hand spread, his wife Ayesha Curry sent a message and thanked everyone who sent well-wishes.
“Our entire family thanks you all for the love and support and PRAYERS for Stephen,” she tweeted on Thursday. “When the love surpasses life’s hurdles there is NOTHING you can’t overcome. We stand in our belief of impact over legacy. This is Gods way of showing him, you, I , us how to “trust the process.”
Some of Curry’s fellow NBA players sent messages as well.
“Prayers up to my brother STEPH get well soon Broski,” wrote the Los Angeles’ Clippers Patrick Beverly on Wednesday.
“Prayers up for @StephenCurry30. Game needs the mid major legend .. Get well soon,” tweeted CJ McCollum of the Portland Trail Blazers.
And the Suns’ Devin Booker wrote, “Praying for a speedy recovery my guy.”
Meanwhile, people have been blasting Baynes on his Instagram page for falling on Curry’s hand, which Kerr called “Just a random basketball play.”
“Quit playing basketball youre sh–! Injuring steph your fault!” one person wrote.
“The only highlight of your career will be breaking Stephs hand,” wrote another.
Baynes spoke to the press after the game and said he was truly sorry. He added that he was trying to take a charge on the play that injured Curry.
“Feel terrible for what happened to Steph,” he said, according to The Athletic’s Gina Mizell. “It’s unfortunate. You never want to see someone go down and get hurt, let alone be a part of it. Best wishes to him and hope he has a speedy recovery.”