The entire team, including the bench, huddled around the top of the 3-point line with 6:03 left in the third quarter Friday night. In the middle, on the hardwood writhing in pain from a throbbing right ankle, was Stephen Curry.
For a moment, the euphoria surrounding the Warriors -- who were well on their way to a 109-91 win over the visiting Los Angeles Clippers -- came to a halt. The franchise point guard was hurt again.
"We've gotta hope," Warriors coach Keith Smart said. "Yes, it's a concern. He was just starting to play really well."
The Warriors are 2-0 for the first time since the 1994-95 season. They held the Clippers to 38.6 percent shooting and out-rebounded the Clippers 46-40. Meanwhile, the Warriors offense clicked to the tune of 53.1 percent shooting. Golden State had 32 assists on 43 baskets.
Forward Dorell Wright knocked down a career-high-tying six 3-pointers on Friday. He finished with a game-high 24 points on 9-for-13 shooting with eight rebounds and three assists.
Guard Monta Ellis, who scored 46 in the season-opener on Wednesday, finished with 15 points and 11 assists in 33 minutes. He took just 12 shots, making half, and registered the 14th double-double of his career. Forward David Lee had 15 points and 12 rebounds.
Even undrafted rookie guard Jeremy Lin made his NBA debut, sending the Oracle Arena crowd into a frenzy.
But the injury to Curry just about overshadowed it all. He has now sprained the same right ankle in each of his last three appearances dating back to the preseason. It is likely he will miss some time. Sitting out Sunday's game at the Los Angeles Lakers would give him four days' rest before the Warriors return home to host Memphis on Nov. 3.
Curry struggled to acknowledge reality.
"A lot of guys gave me advice about how long the season is and making sure it's 100 percent," Curry said, his right ankle taped so heavily that it resembled a cast. "Since we don't play (again) until Wednesday, maybe that would be a smart thing to miss Sunday and have almost a full week and get it right before our long road trip out East. So it all depends on how I feel (Saturday) and go from there."
Curry initially injured that ankle Oct. 21 in the fourth quarter against the Los Angeles Lakers in San Diego. He was running out to defend Lakers guard Steve Blake and rolled it. Curry sat out the next four practices to get ready for the season. But Wednesday, late in the third quarter, he twisted the ankle again when Houston guard Aaron Brooks landed on him while he shot a 3-pointer.
Curry skipped Thursday's practice to rest his ankle more and get treatment, and was feeling good about it entering Friday. But midway through the third quarter, Los Angeles Clippers guard Eric Gordon faked left toward a Blake Griffin screen, then crossed back over to his right. Curry stepped over Griffin's foot, but before he could shift back the other direction, his right ankle rolled over.
He immediately went down and stayed there for a few minutes. Eventually, he got up and limped to the locker room under his own power. He did not return.
Fortunately for the Warriors, Curry had already helped spearhead a 21-2 run that put the Warriors up 79-56 and all but put the game away.
Curry had seven points during the run, including a rare two-hand dunk. He capped the run by patiently surveying the defense and connecting cross-court to Wright for a 3-pointer.
"He was playing he great," Ellis said of Curry. "He was the big key for us having that big run in the third quarter. The damage was already done before he went out. Hopefully he feels good and can go on Sunday."
Warriors (2-0) at L.A. Lakers (2-0), 6:30 p.m. CSNBA