Golden State star guard Stephen Curry was sidelined by an ankle injury as his Warriors lost to the Houston Rockets. However, he expects to be back for Game 4 of their NBA playoff series on Sunday.
Curry played just 20 minutes in the series opener before he landed wrong and twisted his ankle. He will have gone eight days between games if he plays on Sunday. He missed two games with a sprained right ankle, but emphasizes he would be “very surprised” if he is not back this Sunday. The athlete is determined to play through the pain barrier if he needs to.
He did not enjoy watching in Houston last Thursday, where Golden State got struck down 97-96 to Rockets star James Harden’s jump shot with two seconds to play.
The reigning MVP declared his ankle was on the mend after going through 3-on-3 competition with teammates and shooting drills at the Toyota Center, Friday afternoon. With this, Curry hopes he can help his team bounce back.
"I think I can play through a little bit of discomfort and whatnot, especially in a playoff situation," Curry told reporters, adding that team medical staff and coaches want him to sit "if there is any ounce of instability or doubt."
"Obviously, they have my best interest, but it's kind of hard to take that advice and sit out. It's a tough feeling.”
Warriors head coach Steve Kerr, who was one of the Warriors who decided to keep Curry on the sideline for Friday night’s Game 3 loss, is optimistic about Curry being on the mend as well as his performance in the next game.
"Steph looked good," Kerry reported. "Played 3-on-3. Did a pretty good shooting workout afterwards and reported no pain. He seemed to be moving well. So all that's good news and we'll see how he responds tonight and tomorrow and hopefully tomorrow without any repercussions we'll put him through the full practice and get him another day of rhythm and see how it goes.”