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Steph Curry's Dislocated Finger is Reportedly a 'More Significant Problem' Ahead of Game 6

12up logo 12up 5/9/2019 Zack Jiang
a basketball player with a football ball: Houston Rockets v Golden State Warriors - Game Five © Ezra Shaw/GettyImages Houston Rockets v Golden State Warriors - Game Five

​The ​Warriors got an important win in ​Game 5 to take the series lead at 3-2. More impressively, they were able to do so after ​losing Kevin Durant with 4:29 to go in the fourth quarter. With Durant out, Steph Curry took over as he scored 14 points on 5-of-6 shooting late in the game. 

However, before that heroic performance, Curry had struggled throughout the game and series. Some of it is inexcusable, but his poor shooting could be linked to his ​injured finger that he dislocated in Game 2. Sources have told Sam Amick of The Athletic that Curry's finger is a "more significant problem than he’ll let on." 

Since Game 2 against the ​Rockets, Curry is shooting a 25.5% from three. Even before Durant exited with the calf injury, Curry was 1-for-8 from downtown. 

Curry's health is vital to Warriors, as it is very possible that Durant misses the rest of the series, or even the playoffs, with his injury. Durant has been carrying the Warriors' offense, and Curry will have to step up in his stead. It doesn't help that Klay Thompson has been also struggling to find his rhythm on offense, though he turned in a solid night on Wednesday. 

Hopefully for Warriors fans, Curry's performance in Game 5 is a sign of recovery. He'll also have many more opportunities to get into rhythm. In Durant's absence, Curry has always stepped up.

While the Warriors escaped Game 5 with a win, they are still very vulnerable. They haven't won in Houston in this series and have been pushed to the brink on the home court. If Durant is out and Houston adjusts their game plan, the status of Curry's finger could decide the future of the Warriors dynasty. 

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