One after another, the Warriors snuggled up to the party line. They talked about having faith, about avoiding conclusions and hoping, about waiting and seeing if Stephen Curry will be able to take the court Sunday.
But their voices were soft and their eyes were weary and there was a wobbly feel from a team that typically doesn't wobble, no matter the damage.
Playing on a surgically repaired right ankle and a recently sprained left ankle, Curry aggravated the left ankle in the final minutes of a 102-92 loss to San Antonio in Game 3 of the Western Conference semifinals Friday night at Oracle Arena.
Immediately after tweaking the ankle during a collision with the Spurs' Danny Green, Curry hopped away grimacing in pain. A hush went through the crowd. And though Curry played on for a few more minutes, he clearly was hobbling.
If Curry hobbles, so do the chances of the Warriors winning a series they now trail two games to one.
And if the Warriors did not sense the doom, they surely were grimmer than usual, perhaps realizing the potential consequences of losing Curry.
"He'll get treatment," coach Mark Jackson sighed through tight jaws and without his usual relentless vigor. "We'll see how (it) responds."
Curry was not having a good night. He was having, by his standards, a fairly atrocious evening. He started fast, scoring nine point in the first six minutes. He played another 36 minutes, scoring seven points, to finish with 16 on 5-of-17 shooting.
"Missed shots," Jackson lamented. "Give them credit. They did a good job defensively. He missed shots.
"This is a make or miss league."
This has been Curry's league for the past two weeks. There has been no bigger story in these NBA playoffs than his rise from pure shooter to global phenomenon.
And now all of that may be in peril, leaving the Warriors to hope and pray and wait.