Stephen Curry needed to go, so he went.
Curry was seen heading to the locker room in the waning minutes of the third quarter of Game 3 of the NBA Finals, and broadcasters seemed to think that the Golden State Warriors star needed to take a bathroom break. Curry remained in the locker room for the final minutes of the third quarter and was back on the floor by the time the fourth quarter started, a break just about long enough to hit the bathroom and head back.
The bathroom break may have served as a chance for Curry to catch his breath in what is one of his worst games in years. Through the third quarter, Curry was just 1-for-13 from the floor including 0-for-8 from behind the three-point arc — all of this coming just one game after Curry set the NBA Finals record with nine three-pointers.
Curry couldn’t seem to miss in Game 2, including a memorable long three-pointer over Kevin Love as the shot clock expired late in the third quarter that the Cavaliers never seemed to recover from.
“About seven seconds on the clock he just kept going backward, I don’t know why, but he just threw it up and I didn’t think it had any chance of going in,” teammate Klay Thompson said (via ESPN). “That was kind of like a dagger shot. It just gave us all the momentum back.”
The Warriors were lifted in Game 4 by an incredible performance from Kevin Durant, who poured in 43 points to go along with 12 rebounds and seven assists, but Curry’s absence was certainly noticed. Many people took to social media to joke about Curry’s apparent bathroom trip.
Others wondered if Curry’s upset stomach was a factor in his off game.
There were some initial fears that Stephen Curry may have suffered an injury, which would have accounted for his off game, but the Warriors star’s return ended that speculation.
In the end it didn’t matter where Stephen Curry may have disappeared to for a few minutes at the end of the third quarter, as the Warriors once again pulled away late, building a commanding 3-0 lead in the series. There has never been a team to overcome a three-game deficit in NBA history, in the Finals or any other round of the playoffs.
There was no official confirmation from the Golden State Warriors whether Stephen Curry indeed left mid-game in Game 3 to use the bathroom.