Warriors point guard Stephen Curry (sprained left ankle) was listed in the starting lineup. Coach Mark Jackson said before the game he’d be “shocked” if Curry didn’t play.
Curry, who rolled his left ankle in the fourth quarter of Game 3 on Friday, was officially listed as a game-time decision. He has received ’round-the-clock treatment on his left ankle, which he initially sprained in Game 2 of the first round series against Denver on April 23.
“If he’s on the court, he’s pretty much the ball handler and the guy running show,” Jackson said.
Before tipoff, Curry jumped roped in the hallway outside the locker room and did other movement tests. He then took to the court where he ran lines and did some defensive sliding movements to further test his ankle.
Jackson said he spent time with Curry on Saturday. He said Curry was the same as usual, laughing and joking. He made multiple trips to the facility on Saturday for treatment.
Curry said after Saturday’s practice, which he sat out, that he expected to play. But everything was on hold until he saw how his ankle responded overnight. Jackson said Curry can play, he won’t be limited.
It’s amazing how fast that swung. The Warriors were world beaters after their Game 2 win. Not only did they steal home court advantage, but many were expecting them to win the series. Experts, who didn’t pick the Warriors to get past Denver, were now saying Golden State was better than San Antonio and putting them in the Finals.
But after Friday’s 102-92 loss, the Warriors are now on the ropes. They’re in practically their first must-win game of these playoffs, as a loss in Game 4 puts them on the brink of elimination. They’ve gone from what should have been a 2-0 lead back to the underdog.
MARK JACKSON: “This is going to be a heavyweight championship fight. That’s a different animal that we’re going against. They have four future Hall of Famers. They’re not going to lie down.”
The Warriors learned that the hard way. Spurs guard Tony Parker showed championship resolve, bouncing back and dominating the Warriors. Gregg Popovich made some expected adjustments and one-upped his Warriors counterpart, taking control of the series.
Golden State needs a win to make this a series again.
CARL LANDRY: “I think we just didn’t have a good game. I heard coach say we didn’t match the intensity of the San Antonio Spurs. We didn’t do the little things it takes like getting the 50-50 balls an taking charges and weak side defense to win that game. We’ll get it right. Game 4 is (Sunday) and we’ll be ready to go.”
More on the Game 3 loss …
Warriors point guard Stephen Curry emerged from the training room all smiles. When assistant coach Michael Malone put his Sharpie up to Curry’s mouth as if he was a journalist recording, Curry gave his assistant coach some inside scoop.
CURRY: “I’m going to be auditioning for Dancing with the Stars.”
Before the post-practice interview began, Curry paused the proceedings to move them to the right. That way, the camera would show him next to the Muscle Milk sticker on the refrigerator. Yup, the Warriors star point guard seemed to be in good spirits a day after re-spraining his left ankle. Again. He said he expects to play in Game 4. Here is the interview transcript”
How are your spirits the day after?
We’re still encouraged as a team. It was a missed opportunity last night. Our effort, from start to finish, wasn’t where we wanted it to be. But we have another opportunity tomorrow to even the series and be in good shape. So, we’re looking forward to getting back on the floor.
If you could gauge it, you think you’ll be bale to play?
I think so. You never really know how it’s going to feel the next day. You just keep with the treatment. Same ol’ story. I have the same answers. I hope it feels good enough to go tomorrow. But until I wake up tomorrow and see, you just hope for the best right now.
Warriors point guard Stephen Curry is a game-time decision with a sprained left ankle.
X-rays were negative, a team official said, and no MRI was scheduled. Curry is getting ‘round-the-clock treatment. Officially he’s a game-time decision. But his chances of playing are made dicey by the earlier start. Sunday’s game tips off at 12:30, giving Curry about 36 hours of rest and rehabilitation.
MARK JACKSON: “Again, as usual, just staying true to the process. He’ll get treatment all day long. I’ll stay in constant contact with him. We’ll see how he feels and make a decision whether he plays or not tomorrow.”
At the 4:40 mark of the fourth quarter in Game 3, Curry, dribbling at the top, rolled his left ankle. He immediately began limping and gave up the ball. The Warriors eventually fouled to stop play, but he stayed in the game, waving off the substation.
It’s not his surgically repaired right ankle, which has given him problems the previous two seasons. It was the same ankle Curry sprained in Game 2 at Denver. It hadn’t been a problem since he got his second anti-inflammatory injection just before Game 4 at Oracle. Golden State had three days off before the Spurs series.
Curry has been the heart and soul of the Warriors (already without All-Star forward David Lee) and without him, their chances at upsetting No. 2 San Antonio appear suspect.
KLAY THOMPSON: “He’ll play. No question about it. He will play through anything. He’s got heart.”
The Warriors, seemingly unfazed by their fourth-quarter meltdown in Game 1, have built up another big lead on the host Spurs.
Guard Klay Thompson has taken over the game with 29 points, including seven first-half 3-pointers, to send Golden State into the locker room up 62-43 in Game 2 of this Western Conference second round series. On two quarters, he tied the Warriors record for 3-pointers in a playoff game, set by Stephen Jackson in 2007.
Curry knocked down his first two 3-point attempts. He missed his third attempt, but was fouled on the fourth, the free throws putting Golden State ahead 10-8 with 7:54 left in the third.
With memories of his 22-point quarter in Game 1 still fresh in their minds, the Spurs started paying even closer attention to Curry. So Thompson got going.
He scored five points in 41 seconds, which proved to be a sign. Later in the quarter, he scored five more in 33 seconds, his pull-up jumper in transition putting Golden State ahead 28-20.
Golden State led 28-23 entering the second quarter. Then Thompson really got hot. The Warriors led by six midway through the second quarter. But Thompson hit four straight 3-pointers to power an 18-5 Warriors run to close the half.
Golden State’s defense, of which Thompson was a big part, held the Spurs to 37.2 percents hooting in the first half. San Antonio was 0-for-7 from 3-point range and was outrebounded 28-20.
The Warriors led by as much as 18 in Game 1. They had a 16-point lead with 4:31 left in the fourth quarter before the Spurs closed the game on an 18-2 run to force overtime. San Antonio won it in double-overtime.