Steve Kerr on Stephen Curry's game four status: 'I expect him to play'

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After sitting out the last two games of the Golden State Warriors' first-round playoff series against the Houston Rockets with an ankle injury, it is looking increasingly likely that Stephen Curry will be back on the court for Sunday night's game four.

Curry himself had said on Friday that he was pretty certain he'd be back for tonight's game and, speaking following the team's Saturday practice session, Warriors head coach Steve Kerr spoke openly, and positively, about the MVP-in-waiting's status - revealing he "expects" Curry to play.

"Because he looks fine physically now, and he's not limping," Kerr explained, via ProBasketballTalk. "He's had two days to get some basketball work in and some rhythm and some conditioning, I think he'll be fine."

Golden State initially coped well with the absence of their star point guard - winning game two 115-106 - but, as Curry once again sat out, they suffered a surprise 97-96 loss to the Rockets on Thursday.

Getting him back in the lineup could prove to be the difference as the reigning NBA champions look to extend their series lead to 3-1 this evening. Kerr, though, isn't ready to predict just how Curry will perform after his enforced layoff:

"It's hard to tell how many minutes he's going to play, how well he is going to play. Who knows," the head coach continued.

"But he's got a lot of confidence in his game and I think the last two days have given him confidence in his body and that's important."

Even if he isn't 100 percent healthy, just having Curry out on the court will mean increased floor space for Golden State as Houston attempt to shut down the 2015 MVP as best they can. 

That could prove Houston's downfall as the number eight seeds look to mount a comeback against the favourites for the NBA title.

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