That sound you heard outside last night was 5 million Golden State Warriors fans groaning in unison.
Russell Westbrook jumped to contest a fast break layup by Stephen Curry and landed on the MVP's ankle, knocking him down to the ground. Curry stayed down while play continued, shouting for his teammates to intentionally foul to stop the action.
Although a Stephen Curry ankle injury is about the worst thing that could possibly happen to this Warriors squad, the injury did not seem catastrophic. After a few moments, Curry was able to walk gingerly — compare that to his earlier ankle injuries, when he was incapable of putting any weight on the joint.
After the game, Curry validated our fears by telling reporters that even he was reminded of past ankle injuries despite not thinking the injury was serious.
"Any time it's my ankle and you feel that same kind of sensation you had back in the day, it's a little nerve wracking," Curry said in an interview published by CSN Bay Area. "I was OK, I needed to get it re-taped. And it's painful but not the same (or) similar injury it used to be so I'll be alright."
Of course, Curry returned to the game and, although he definitely looked a bit gimpy at first, he played through the pain to absolutely spectacular results, as described by Rusty Simmons of the San Francisco Chronicle last night.
The Warriors trailed 70-63 when Curry returned to the floor with 5:10 remaining in the quarter after having his ankle re-taped. He made two free throws with 2:27 left to tie it 75-75, the game’s first tie since it was 0-0.
Curry scored 31 points on 8-of-11 three-point shooting in the second half and overtime. He gave the Warriors their first lead of the night, 78-77, on a three-pointer with 1:22 left in the third quarter.
You really have to watch it to truly appreciate it, but if nothing else it's worthy of a glance at the shot chart.
As of this morning, there was no word as to what Curry's status is moving forward, but there's certainly reason to believe that the Warriors' staff might consider resting him as a precautionary measure if nothing else.
For more on the game, check out our recap of the game.