But it appears they can exhale - for now, at least - as Anthony Slater of the San Jose Mercury News is reporting that Curry didn't participate in Wednesday's practice, but is expected to play in Thursday's Game 2 against the Utah Jazz.
However, they made some mistakes, too, and when you're up against the Warriors, just one mistake could be too many. "That's kind of their MO to slow the game down and try to make it a slugfest", Warriors forward Draymond Green said.
The teams' contending styles were on full display in Game 1.
"They're a fast-breaking team and we're basically not", Utah's Joe Johnson said.
During the Jazz's Game 1 loss at the hands of the Warriors, Hill scored just seven points over the course of 28 minutes. Golden State Warriors interim coach Mike Brown, right, talks to Stephen Curry during the second half in Game 1 of an NBA basketball second-round playoff series against the Utah Jazz, Tuesday, May 2, 2017, in Oakland, Cal.
Golden State typically has Steve Kerr to balance Green out in the heat of the moment. Oh, yes, as a group and individually for the game, those five also did not commit a single turnover.
That shouldn't make the Warriors feel less comfortable with the win (after all, they never trailed). The Business Journal reports that NBC Sports Bay Area's Warriors game ratings are down by ten percent compared to last year's playoffs (when the channel was CSN Bay Area). Given that the Warriors won the game by 12 points, that margin certainly made a significant difference.More news: Dislocated shoulder rules Tye out of IPL 2017
One might argue that the Jazz got back in their groove in the Game 7 win as they shot 46.2 percent from behind the arc.
For Utah, there are things they can tighten up defensively for Game 2 - transition comes to mind - but if they don't find a way to get some consistent offense this is going to be a short series.
On the opposing side, the Warriors got just 17 points from veterans Andre Iguodala, David West and Shaun Livingston.
Coach Quin Snyder said Hill has been "fighting" the injury for most of the season but indicated that the Jazz expect their starting point guard to return at some point for their Western Conference semifinal series against the top-seeded Warriors. Just 7-29 from the field, Durant, Steph, and Klay all struggled to shoot. The fan experience for the We Believe team will always be second-to-none. Me personally, I want to get out there because I want to beat the Clippers.
Mounting direct challenges to Green is far easier said than done, though, because he's pairing his off-the-charts energy with disciplined play.
The runaway allowed the Warriors to give Curry the fourth quarter off after he tweaked his left ankle on a drive to the hoop late in the third period. Gobert switched on Curry defensively, and the two-time MVP crossed him up with some sharp ballhandling, spinning the big man around in a circle.
The injury did not appear to be serious, as Curry could be seen lobbying to return to the game, only to be told it wouldn't be necessary.