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Stephen Curry says his injury has failed to clear up

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The Golden State Warriors have made it to the Western Conference Finals despite having to do without the reinging unanimous MVP, Stephen Curry, for the majority of their postseason run.

Klay Thompson and co. have navigated their way past the Houston Rockets and Portland Trail Blazers thus far, but now they meet an Oklahoma City Thunder side fresh off dispatching the San Antonio Spurs in the semi-finals.

In order to get the better of Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook in seven games or less, chances are the Warriors will need their full compliment to reach the NBA Finals.

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Curry is a vital part of that. It sounds simple to suggest that the Dubs will have a far greater chance of progressing against the Thunder with him than without him, but question marks remain over the point guard's fitness.

Is it worth gambling on Curry's health this deep into the playoffs? If he were to be rested now, he might return to full fitness in time for the Finals against either the Cleveland Cavaliers or the Toronto Raptors.

Equally, there might not be a finals matchup for him by then.

Portland Trail Blazers v Golden State Warriors - Game Five

Game one at the Oracle Arena tips off tonight and Curry's availability continues to be speculated. During practice on Sunday, the Warriors number 30 explained that nothing has really changed regarding his situation.

Curry told Warriors sideline reporter Rosalyn Gold-Odwunde: "[I'm] Pretty confident I can be effective. [Knee] Hasn't got much better in last week but hasn't got worse either. I'm alright with that."

After dropping 29 points and 11 assists on the Trail Blazers during their series clinching victory last Wednesday, the 28-year-old still appears in pretty effective shape, even if he isn't 100 percent.

Golden State will naturally tread carefully, but, with the stakes as high as they are and the back-to-back MVP seemingly still operating at an extremely high level, it would take something serious to confine Curry to the sidelines.

Center Andrew Bogut is already questionable for the game one clash tonight with an adductor strain; that puts yet more pressure on the other Golden State regulars like Thompson, Draymond Green and of course, Curry.

Festus Ezeli is likely to deputise should Bogut fail to suit up on Wednesday and likewise, Shaun Livingston is waiting in the wings should Curry suffer any setbacks during the series.

Golden State Warriors v Cleveland Cavaliers

The Dubs recorded a magnificent record of 73-9 during the regular season to cement themselves as one of the most dominant teams in NBA history. They were victorious during all three regular season meetings with their Conference Finals opponents this term and have actually won six of their last seven encounters.

Even with a bad wheel, can Curry drive the Warriors past a hungry Durant and the Thunder?

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NBA
Stephen Curry
Golden State Warriors
Pacific Division
Western Conference
Klay Thompson

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