The Warriors beat the Rockets handily in Game 1, and they did it with Stephen Curry only playing 20 minutes. Curry injured his right ankle near the end of the second quarter, having scored 24 points in the first half, and exited again after playing just three minutes in the third quarter.
Warriors coach Steve Kerr said after the game that Curry is questionable for Monday’s Game 2, but the reigning MVP feels differently.
“Right now I don’t see a scenario where I’ll be out,” said Curry, who turned his right ankle in the second quarter of a Game 1 win over the Rockets (104-78) at Oracle Arena on Saturday. “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 favoring an ankle or whatnot. So that’s what we’ll pay attention to the next few days.”
Judging by what we saw from the Rockets in Game 1, Golden State should have no trouble advancing to the second round with or without Curry. But if he can play and not further injure the ankle, that will put everybody’s minds at ease.