HOUSTON, Sporting Alert – It’s official, Golden State’s Stephen Curry will sit out Game 3 of his team’s opening round playoff series against the Houston Rockets on Thursday night.
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Curry missed Game 2 of the series with the right ankle sprain he picked up in the first game and he was hoping to feature in the opening round road matchup of the series.
However, despite taking part in the shootaround session for the Warriors earlier in the day and admitted that the ankle has been improving, head coach Steve Kerr has decided against using the reigning regular season MVP here in Houston.
“We talked to him after shootaround today and he felt pretty good,” said Kerr. “He moved well. He wanted to play.
“But ultimately we didn’t feel comfortable after four straight days of inactivity throwing him into the middle of a playoff game not knowing how the ankle was going to respond.”
Kerr added: “His thought was he would be OK. We just felt a lot more comfortable putting him through 3-on-3 tomorrow, probably a 5-on-5 on Saturday and really seeing if he’s OK or not.
“It wasn’t worth the risk if we put him out there tonight and he re-injured it. It’s too big of a risk.
“So we’ll see what happens the next couple of days and hopefully he’ll be ready to go for Game 4.”
“We kind of teamed up on him,” Kerr noted. “He wanted to play. But he’s also very practical and he understands the thinking and he understands that it’s better safe than sorry.
“It was a very easy decision. Weighing the pluses and minuses, a very easy decision.”
Kerr is hoping Curry will be fit enough to play in Game 4 on Sunday.
“We’re hoping,” Kerr said. “The biggest thing for him is to play 3-on-3 tomorrow at our practice and see how he feels after that.
“Again, without having done anything for four days, no conditioning, no rhythm, no actual live contact, it would have been irresponsible, I think, to put him out there.”