Whilst he lay on the courtroom, with 240-pound Celtics centre Al Horford on prime of his just lately recovered left ankle, Stephen Curry knew what was improper.
And as quickly as he stood up and took a couple of steps, he knew he could be OK.
“I’ll play. That is all I do know proper now,” the Warriors star mentioned on Thursday, a day earlier than Golden State will face Boston in Sport 4 of the NBA Finals.
“I do know precisely what it’s,” mentioned Curry, who damage the identical ankle on an analogous play in a late-season recreation towards Boston.
“I suppose (there’s) consolation figuring out I have been by means of it earlier than, but additionally you’ll relatively not must take care of one thing like that at this level within the season.”
Curry wound up on the backside of a pile Wednesday evening as gamers from each groups went for a unfastened ball late within the fourth quarter.
Teammate Draymond Inexperienced mentioned he heard Curry scream in ache, however the Warriors star remained within the recreation till coach Steve Kerr despatched within the bench trailing by 14 with two minutes left.
The Celtics held on to win 116-100 and take a 2-1 lead within the best-of-seven collection. Golden State want a win on Friday evening to keep away from falling behind 3-1 earlier than the collection shifts again to San Francisco.
A key to them avoiding the brink of elimination: Curry not simply remaining wholesome, however taking part in like a two-time NBA MVP.
The Warriors guard scored 31 factors in Sport 3, however simply two of them got here within the fourth quarter because the league-leading Celtics defence chased him across the courtroom.
Golden State held a movie session Thursday, however the staff’s regulars didn’t practise. Curry appeared to stroll with no limp when he entered the media room to speak to reporters. He had no bandage or brace on his leg.
Curry mentioned he obtained loads of sleep – 10 1/2 hours – and spent a while along with his foot in an ice bucket.
However he mentioned he didn’t want an MRI as a result of the harm was the identical because the one he sustained when Celtics guard Marcus Good landed on his foot in a March 16 recreation in San Francisco.
“This one simply wasn’t as unhealthy as that one,” mentioned Curry, who missed the final 12 video games of the common season.
“As quickly as you began to take a few steps, you type of know whether or not you’ll be able to run regular, reduce regular or not. Again then, I could not. Yesterday, I may. That gave me a bit little bit of confidence figuring out it wasn’t as unhealthy.”
Requested Thursday if he could be sitting out if it had been a regular-season recreation, Curry mentioned he could not say for positive.
However for Sport 4 of the NBA Finals, there is no query.
“I do know I’ll play,” he mentioned.