Stephen Curry says his ankle is “fine” and that he’s going to be ready for the Warriors’ next series against the Rockets, despite rolling his ankle late in the first quarter of Friday’s game.
He played through the pain for most of his team’s 129-110 Game 6 victory over the Clippers to end the first-round series, but he left the game for a brief period of time to have his ankle taped.
Curry rolled his right ankle with 4:16 left in the first quarter after chasing Clippers guard Landry Shamet and he ended up landing on it awkwardly. Curry came up with a noticeable limp but stayed in the game until there were 29.2 seconds left in the quarter. He was then taken to the locker room for further evaluation before reentering the game with 8:06 remaining in the second quarter.
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— Drew Shiller (@DrewShiller) April 27, 2019
“It’s fine. Stuff happens,” Curry told reporters. “Anytime it’s me and an ankle, it’s a different kind of conversation.”
Curry still managed to play 37 minutes and finished the night with 24 points while shooting 8 of 14 from the field. He insisted his ankle won’t affect him going forward.
“I’m feeling good and ready for Sunday,” Curry said.
As for the quick turnaround for the Warriors, who will play the Rockets in the Western Conference semifinals on Sunday? Curry said the Warriors aren’t concerned.
“We’re not that old,” Curry, 31, said. “Quick turnarounds, we should be all right. Obviously it’s not ideal after the opportunity we had in Game 5, but we came out here and took care of business. We have a pretty good sense of what Houston likes to do. … Like the momentum we created tonight. Hopefully that’ll carry over to Sunday.”
The Rockets, who won their series 4-1 against the Jazz, will travel to Oracle Arena to face the Warriors in Game 1 with tipoff set for 3:30 p.m. ET Sunday (ABC).