Golden State Warriors head coach Steve Kerr revealed that Stephen Curry didn't feel well just before the game against the Charlotte Hornets and that's the reason why the team decided not to suit him up for the game.
On Saturday night in Charlotte, the Hornets edged out the Warriors in a tight contest 102-100. The Warriors didn't suspect that Curry's condition was caused by COVID-19. "Going through his usual warm-up routine, he just did not feel well at all," Kerr said after the contest, per ESPN.
"And so he came back in, saw the Charlotte team doctor, went out, tried to warm up and just wasn't feeling good. And so we made the decision, the training staff and Steph and I, we all made the decision to not play him.
"We'll see how he's doing [Sunday]. ... There were no [COVID-19] protocols in place. Just him feeling sick." The Warriors managed to contest well even without Curry but in the end fell just short of claiming a win.
Coach Kerr underlined that the Warriors offense is based on Curry and that without him it's extremely tough. "Our offense is based on Steph," Kerr said. "Obviously our pace, everything else. So it took us some time to get our feet on the ground.
But once we did, I thought we really competed well and did everything necessary to win the game. We fought, we competed together."
Kerr hopes Curry returns on Tuesday
The Warriors play their next game on Tuesday as they are scheduled to take on the New York Knicks.
"Hopefully," Kerr said. "We'll see how he's feeling the next couple of days." Warriors center Draymond Green got ejected from the game while the Warriors were up 100-98. Coach Kerr admitted that Green crossed the line and that he understood the ejection.
"He crossed the line," Kerr said of Green. "That's the main thing. We love his passion and his energy. We would not be the team we are without him, but that doesn't give him license to cross that line, and he knows that."
Crew chief Marc Davis explained Green's ejection. "His first technical was assessed when he directed profanity at his opponent," Davis said. "He was assessed his first technical foul for verbally taunting an opponent.
He then proceeded to direct screaming profanity at a game official and received his [second] technical foul and was ejected as per rule."