Golden State Warriors star Stephen Curry has avoided a major injury to his left leg and has declared himself ready for Game 4 of Friday night’s NBA Finals.
“I’m going to play,” Curry said Thursday. “That’s what I know now.”
The Warriors did not practice, instead using Thursday as a day of rest. Curry said he knew Wednesday night that he would be fine, having gone through something similar against Celtics’ Marcus Smart in March.
“Because of what I’ve given up and coming back to the regular season, I know exactly what it is and what I have to deal with and the pain, the level of pain and all of this,” Curry said. “So once I checked out last night, I knew I wouldn’t have to do any extra testing because we’ve been through it before.”
Curry was injured late in the fourth quarter of the 116-100 loss to Golden State in Boston in Game 3. The eight-time All-Star was in severe pain when Celtic center Al Harford landed on his feet while fighting for a loose ball. .
Curry’s injury to the game occurred between 4:07 and he was removed less than two minutes later when the game was out of reach. Curry finished Game 3 with 31 points and averaged 31.3 points, 5.0 rebounds, 3.7 assists and 2.7 steals in the final.
The Celtics are 2-1 up in the best-of-seven series with Game 4 in Boston.
The two-time league MVP and three-time champion averaged 25.5 points, 6.3 assists and 5.2 rebounds in 64 games in the regular season, his 13th season with the Warriors.
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