Golden State Warriors star Steph Curry says he expects to play in Game Two of their first-round playoff series against the Houston Rockets despite leaving the opening encounter on Saturday with an ankle injury.
The reigning MVP rolled his ankle in the second quarter and played just under 20 minutes in total, but did enough damage in that time as he posted 24 points in the Warriors' dominant 104-78 win which allowed coach Steve Kerr to keep him out for the majority of the second half.
Having played in a number of intense games towards the end of the regular season as they chased the 73-win record, Kerr may be tempted to sit his point guard for Game Two and allow him to benefit from the extended rest before the series heads to Houston.
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Curry, however, is confident he will play in the second encounter at the Oracle Arena despite not participating in the team's practice on Sunday.
"Right now I don't see a scenario where I'll be out," said Curry. "Obviously, if it's not right and at risk of further injury or whatnot, that's the only thing that I think we have to worry about. Pain tolerance and all that stuff, I kind of know what I can deal with on the court, but you don't want anything more serious to happen favouring an ankle or whatnot. So that's what we'll pay attention to the next few days."
The league's scoring champion missed just three games in the 82-game campaign and the team went 2-1, with one of those wins against the Rockets, proving they can beat James Harden and co. without him.
The health of the 28-year-old is the most important thing for the franchise in its hopes of winning back-to-back championships and it could be a risk to let him take to the floor in Oakland.
The decision will rest with Kerr who, despite regularly allowing his star players to have a lot of input, may pull rank over his prized asset to benefit their chances in the long run.
When asked how the team will adjust if Curry sits out, Kerr remarked: "Kind of changes things. We don't seem to be as good of a coaching staff when Steph goes out. I don't know why.
"Steph missed three or four games this year. We did fine. We've got to find different ways to score, but we'll prepare for that and see what happens."
Kerr confirmed that Shaun Livingston will take the place of Curry in the Dubs' starting line if he doesn't play in the matchup which takes place on Thursday at 3:30am.