Sports // Golden State WarriorsFeb. 21, 2021Updated: Feb. 21, 2021 10:02 a.m.Stephen Curry of the Golden State Warriors speaks with head coach Steve Kerr and employees previous to their recreation towards the Charlotte Hornets on Feb. 20, 2021.Jared C. Tilton/Getty ImagesSaturday evening’s Golden State Warriors-Charlotte Hornets match-up was alleged to be Steph Curry’s annual homecoming recreation since he grew up in Charlotte. But simply earlier than it kicked off, Curry was deep in dialog with the Warriors employees in addition to Charlotte’s workforce physician, and he was dominated a late scratch on account of “sickness.”

Nobody needed to say it out loud, however the concern, after all, was COVID-19. On a couple of different events this season, gamers have been yanked by the NBA proper earlier than and even throughout video games on account of both constructive coronavirus checks or close-contact interactions with somebody who examined constructive. Hornets colour commentator Dell Curry — Steph’s dad — additionally sounded a bit of nervous when their broadcast started concerning the standing of his child.

“Want me to ship a textual content to his cellphone?” ?’?Dell Curry when the Hornets announcers had been making an attempt to determine the place Steph was.— Bleacher Report (@BleacherReport) February 21, 2021

In this case, nonetheless, the road from the Dubs — at the least as of Sunday morning — is Curry actually simply did not really feel properly, and this wasn’t a well being and security protocols choices. After the Warriors blew the sport within the closing seconds, thanks largely to a Draymond Green ejection, coach Steve Kerr defined what occurred to his star participant.

“Going by way of his normal warm-up routine, he simply didn’t really feel properly in any respect,” Kerr informed reporters. “And so he got here again in, noticed the Charlotte workforce physician, went out, tried to heat up and simply wasn’t feeling good. We made the choice, the coaching employees and Steph and I, all of us made the choice to not play him… There had been no [COVID-19] protocols in place. Just him feeling sick.”

Kerr added that he is hopeful Curry will play of their subsequent recreation towards the New York Knicks on Tuesday.

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