Steph Curry casts doubt on whether he will return for game three against the Rockets

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The Golden State Warriors have not endured many problems in what has been an incredible year for the franchise.

Health has been a key contributor to the team's success over the last two campaigns and they've had good luck in that sense, but that luck could be running out.

Reigning MVP Steph Curry left the third quarter of game one of their first-round playoff series against the Houston Rockets with an ankle injury and wasn't fit enough to return for game two and despite a few extra days to recover before the third encounter in Houston tonight, Curry says he's unsure whether he can take to the floor at the Toyota Center.

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"Based on how I feel right now, I probably couldn't play," Curry said after practice on Wednesday.

He didn't completely rule out a return, however, indicating that his ankle was making good progress.

"Tomorrow (Thursday) it could be different," he added. "Today was, in the words of Ice Cube, a good day."

The point guard, who continues to be listed as questionable, didn't do much to ease the fears of Warriors fans who can't be blamed for fearing the worst due to the player's past with ankle injuries.

The team, though, displayed just how strong they are as a collective unit without Curry as they comfortably beat the Rockets in the second game at the Oracle Arena in his absence.

Many other teams may have chosen to risk their superstar in a playoff game but Golden State is built on more than one player and can afford to be without their leader if necessary, something which Curry acknowledged.

"It's obviously a good safety net to know that we have such a deep, talented team that all those guys are capable of going out there and winning a playoff game and doing their job,'' he said.

"It's a good thought to have, but I want to assess where I am based solely on [health]. Not try to look at the circumstances."

The 28-year-old revealed that he was unable to play in game two because he couldn't move at "full speed, or game speed." which is crucial to his style of play.

But he says he is doing better than he was on that day and is in high spirits which will encourage the team's fans.

"It's better than Game 2," Curry said. "I'm definitely encouraged that it's better. And as long as it's continuing to get better, then I think we're in good shape. How quickly that happens, I don't know."

It wouldn't be a huge surprise if head coach Steve Kerr decided to sit Curry for the remainder of the series as the Rockets have proven no match for the defending champions with or without their star player on the court.

The people of Oakland, though, will continue to be in anxious mood until they see the sharpshooter back on the floor.

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