Golden State Warriors’ Stephen Curry (30) celebrates a basket by a teammate during their game against the Houston Rockets in the first quarter of Game 2 of the first round of the NBA Western Conference playoffs at Oracle Arena in Oakland, Calif., on Monday, April 18, 2016. (Nhat V. Meyer/Bay Area News Group)
OAKLAND — Stephen Curry reported to Warriors general Bob Myers on Tuesday he was walking on his right ankle without pain, but he remains questionable for Game 3 against the Houston Rockets.
Myers told 95.7 The Game a determination on Curry’s status was expected be made Thursday morning before shootaround unlike when discomfort from the sprained ankle cut short the reigning MVP’s warmup routine shortly prior to Game 2.
“He won’t play until he’s pain-free and able to move freely on the court,” Myers said Wednesday. “But if he is, then you say, ‘If you’re actually pain-free and go through all these mobility tests that test the strength of the ankle as compared to the other one, if you feel like you’ve ruled out any risk’…then you let the guy play. But until you get that moment, it’s pretty easy to say, ‘Don’t play. You’ve got pain, and it’s pain when you cut, and it’s pain when you plant.'”
Curry felt exactly that going through an abbreviated pregame routine Monday, according to Myers. Curry punched basketball in frustration, walked off the court and was relegated to the sideline in a game the Warriors went on to win to take a 2-0 game in the first-round series.
Myers said that Curry walking pain-free was “kind of new,” describing the discomfort before Game 2 as “limited, very slight pain.”
An MRI exam that Curry underwent Tuesday confirmed there was no major injury.
“The MRI was more precautionary just to rule out anything that someone might be missing,” Myers said. “Initially we thought there was no need for one, and that probably was correct to feel like there was no need for one, but then thinking on it, we said, ‘Why don’t we just get one just to make sure? What’s the point? There’s no harm in getting an MRI.’ There is a two percent chance you miss something. But it didn’t show anything unexpected.”
Curry suffered what the team called a “tweak” of the ankle while running back on defense in the second quarter of Game 1, causing him to miss most of the second half.
“If he’s 100 percent, he’ll play,” Myers said. “I know a lot of people say, ‘Just don’t play him at all,’ but if you’re 100 percent, you can play. But that’s the part that’s hard to discern sometimes is what is 100 percent. You have to trust the athlete. You have to trust your staff, the doctors. Fortunately, he didn’t feel like nor did anybody else feel like this was any major trauma or injury that was suffered.”