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Rockets’ James Harden should have been called for offensive foul before game-winning shot against Warriors

HOUSTON, TX - DECEMBER 25: James Harden #13 of the Houston Rockets agrues a call with NBA official Gary Zielinski during their game against the San Antonio Spurs at the Toyota Center on December 25, 2015 in Houston, Texas. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this Photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Scott Halleran/Getty Images)

HOUSTON, TX – DECEMBER 25: James Harden #13 of the Houston Rockets agrues a call with NBA official Gary Zielinski during their game against the San Antonio Spurs at the Toyota Center on December 25, 2015 in Houston, Texas. (Photo by Scott Halleran/Getty Images)

HOUSTON — Houston guard James Harden should have been called for an offensive foul before he hit the game-winning shot in the Rockets’ 97-96 win against the Warriors in Game 3 on Thursday, according to the NBA.

It was incorrect for officials not to call the foul on Harden for initiating contact with defender Andre Iguodala to create space, according to the league. A foul call would have given the Warriors the ball back with a 96-95 lead with five seconds left.

The Warriors benefited from a no-call as well, according to the league. Iguodala should have been called for a loose ball foul on the previous play defending an inbound pass that was stolen and led to an Ian Clark layup that gave the Warriors that 96-95 lead.

The NBA also reported its basketball operations department is reviewing the contact Draymond Green made with Beasley on an inbound with one second left and the Warriors forward looking to foul. Green threw Beasley to the ground in a foul that should have been called, according to the league.

The league assesses non-calls directly related to the outcome of possessions in the final two minutes of games within five points.

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Warriors’ Stephen Curry to miss Game 3 against Houston Rockets

Golden State Warriors' Stephen Curry (30) drives to the hoop against Houston Rockets' Jason Terry (31) in the fourth quarter of Game 5 of the NBA Western Conference finals at Oracle Arena in Oakland, Calif., on Wednesday, May 27, 2015. (Ray Chavez/Bay Area News Group)

Golden State Warriors’ Stephen Curry (30) drives to the hoop against Houston Rockets’ Jason Terry (31) in the fourth quarter of Game 5 of the NBA Western Conference finals at Oracle Arena in Oakland, Calif., on Wednesday, May 27, 2015. (Ray Chavez/Bay Area News Group)

HOUSTON — Stephen Curry will miss Game 3 of the Warriors’ first-round playoff series against the Houston Rockets due to his tweaked right ankle, according to coach Steve Kerr.

Curry had participated in shootaround before meeting with a team doctor and trainers. Kerr and general manager Bob Myers were also in on the decision-making process, according to Kerr.

“He felt pretty good, he moved well, he wanted to play,” Kerr said. But ultimately we didn’t feel comfortable after four straight days of inactivity throwing him in the middle of a playoff game not knowing how the ankle would respond.

“His thought was that he would be OK. We just felt a lot more comfortable putting him through a 3-on-3 tomorrow, probably a 5-on-5 Saturday and really seeing if he’s OK or not. It wasn’t worth the risk if we had put him out there tonight and he had re-injured it. That’s too big of a risk, so we’ll see what happens the next couple days, and hopefully he’ll be ready for Game 4.”

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Warriors’ Shaun Livingston on contract situation: ‘I want to stay here as long as I can’

Golden State Warriors' Draymond Green (23) congratulates teammate Shaun Livingston (34) after a basket against the Houston Rockets during the fourth 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. (Jose Carlos Fajardo/Bay Area News Group)

Golden State Warriors’ Draymond Green (23) congratulates teammate Shaun Livingston (34) after a basket against the Houston Rockets during the fourth 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. (Jose Carlos Fajardo/Bay Area News Group)

HOUSTON — Warriors point guard Shaun Livingston expressed a desire Thursday to return to the team next season and beyond.

“I want to stay here as long as I can,” Livingston said. “It’s a unique and special situation. A lot of guys including myself, I want to here for as long as I possibly can depending on the contract situation.”

The Warriors signed Livingston to a three-year, $16 million contract, with a team option for the 2016-17 season that includes partially guaranteed money — a buyout in the unlikely scenario he isn’t retained.

Warriors general manager Bob Myers strongly indicated the team would pick up that option after Livingston as the backup to Stephen Curry averaged 6.3 points and 3 assists in a second straight season of playing 78 games.

“It’s a good deal for us, and we see him in our future,” Myers told 95.7 The Game on Wednesday.

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Live updates tonight: Warriors vs. Rockets in Game 3

Golden State Warriors' Draymond Green (23) goes up for a layup against the Houston Rockets in the first quarter of Game 4 of the NBA Western Conference finals at Toyota Center in Houston, Texas, on Monday, May 25, 2015. Houston defeated Golden State 128-115. (Jose Carlos Fajardo/Bay Area News Group)

Golden State Warriors’ Draymond Green (23) goes up for a layup against the Houston Rockets in the first quarter of Game 4 of the NBA Western Conference finals at Toyota Center in Houston, Texas, on Monday, May 25, 2015. Houston defeated Golden State 128-115. (Jose Carlos Fajardo/Bay Area News Group)

Follow as the Warriors are looking to grab a 3-0 series lead against the Rockets Thursday at 6:30 p.m. in Houston. Get the latest score and analysis during the game from our writers.

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Warriors’ Stephen Curry now pain-free walking on ankle, but still questionable for Game 3 against Houston Rockets

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)

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.”

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Warriors’ Stephen Curry to undergo MRI today

Golden State Warriors' Stephen Curry (30) drives to the hoop against Houston Rockets' Jason Terry (31) in the fourth quarter of Game 5 of the NBA Western Conference finals at Oracle Arena in Oakland, Calif., on Wednesday, May 27, 2015. (Ray Chavez/Bay Area News Group)

Golden State Warriors’ Stephen Curry (30) drives to the hoop against Houston Rockets’ Jason Terry (31) in the fourth quarter of Game 5 of the NBA Western Conference finals at Oracle Arena in Oakland, Calif., on Wednesday, May 27, 2015. (Ray Chavez/Bay Area News Group)

OAKLAND — Stephen Curry is scheduled to undergo an MRI exam on Tuesday, according to a Warriors spokesman.

The Warriors listed Curry as questionable to play in Game 3 of their first-round series at Houston on Thursday due to a right ankle injury.

“It’s the back of his foot,” Warriors coach Steve Kerr said after Curry missed Game 2. “It’s underneath the ankle. It’s something down there.”

Curry punched at a basketball after cutting short his warmup routine before Monday’s game, two days after suffering the injury while running back on defense in Game 1 against the Rockets.

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Warriors’ Stephen Curry will miss Game 2 against Houston Rockets due to ankle injury

Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry (30) waits for play to resume during the first quarter of an NBA basketball game against the Boston Celtics in Boston, Friday, Dec. 11, 2015. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)

Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry (30) waits for play to resume during the first quarter of an NBA basketball game against the Boston Celtics in Boston, Friday, Dec. 11, 2015. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)

OAKLAND — Stephen Curry will not play in Game 2 of the Warriors’ first-round playoff series against the Houston Rockets due to his injured right ankle.

Curry appeared on the court for warmups, but cut short the routine and left the floor shaking his head. Later, owner Joe Lacob and general manager Bob Myers entered the training room.

Missing the game would give Curry at least four days of rest before potentially playing in Game 3 on Thursday in Houston.

Warriors coach Steve Kerr said before the warmup that the team would “definitely err on the side of caution.”

“It’s not worth risking turning this into a long-term issue,” Kerr said.

Curry was injured in the second quarter of the Warriors’ win in Game 1 on Saturday in what the team described as a “tweak” suffered when he ran back on defense.

Kerr said he spoke with Curry earlier in the day about the team’s decision-making process when it came to his right ankle, which was surgically repaired in April 2012.

“Steph is a very rational person.,” Kerr said. “He’s easy to speak with, and we kind of went over the different scenarios, and he understands we have first of all his best interests at heart, his career. We know that he had surgery on that ankle four years ago, so he’s got a lot of basketball ahead of him, and there’s plenty of cases in the past where people have played through stuff and it didn’t turn out so well. Grant Hill being the one that always jumps out at me, and whether that’s the same type of thing as this, I don’t really know. But I do know that we have to look after his health because the competitor that he is, he’s going to want to play.”