OAKLAND — If there was a down side to the Warriors' hard-fought series win against the Denver Nuggets, it was the physical pain they endured, and in particular, the pain-killing injections guard Stephen Curry and center Andrew Bogut required to dull that pain.
After spraining his ankle in Game 2, Curry had two injections during the series — although he didn't need one for Game 6 — while Bogut received a shot prior to the close-out game Thursday night after tweaking his left ankle in Game 5.
Without question, the injections seemed to help, so much so that coach Mark Jackson joked about it Friday.
"The way Steph and Bogut played, I may get one just to get one," he said, chuckling.
The coach understands the serious side of it, however, and maintained the Warriors are doing everything possible to protect their players in spite of the hard questions regarding pain-killing injections.
"I'm fortunate enough as a player I never took one, was never in a position to take one, never needed one," Jackson said. "What I will say is we have some of the best doctors in the world. We have an incredible training staff aand we've got some bright, bright men in uniform. We're not going to compromise the health of our players.
"Everything that has been researched about taking these injections show us that there is no harm or damage."
Curry said he didn't know what type of pain-killer he received during his two injections.
"I actually do not know the medical term for it," the guard said. "It's just a heavy dose of anti-inflammatories that has a six-hour working window, and it's not a pain-killer per se where you go numb in a certain area. You feel everything, but it just takes the edge off the soreness and gives you an opportunity to feel somewhat normal while you're there playing."
Curry said this is the first time he's ever taken injections to play, and admitted he had some trepidation.
"Obviously, it's a little nerve-wracking going in the first time because you don't know how you're going to respond the next day," he said. "Thankfully, it worked out, and there won't be any long-term risks with that."
Curry hopes he doesn't require to any more injections but would consider it if necessary.
"If something happens, I won't be a stranger to it," he said. "But in a perfect world, these next few days, we'll get rejuvenated and all the aches and pains will be somewhat gone, and we'll get back to regular preparation for a game."