Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry will be a game-time decision Sunday after injuring his left ankle in Game 3 in the Western Conference Semifinals.
Curry X-Rays negative. No MRI scheduled. Game-time decision officially. Early start makes it dicey
— Marcus Thompson (@gswscribe) May 11, 2013
The positive takeaways from Thompson’s tweet: No MRI and the X-Ray, obviously. Then the negative, of course, is his status for Sunday’s matinée game, which is scheduled for 12:30 PDT.
Below is footage of Curry’s sprain. I wouldn’t decipher the tweak as a full-on sprain, as it looked like his ankle didn’t twist fully. Or in other words, he has endured much uglier sprains. Yes, emphasize the “much.”
Curry stayed in the game, waving off Draymond Green, who was set to replace him. The Oracle Arena crowd started to chant “Curry,” but really, the chanting seemed to be a frustrated chant.
If Curry isn’t able to give it a go Sunday, the Warriors would be forced to start Jarrett Jack and Harrison Barnes, or Jack and Carl Landry. Starting Festus Ezeli, like they did in Games 1 and 3, is also an option if the Spurs go big.
One thing is for sure: If Curry doesn’t play, the Warriors don’t stand much of a chance. They’ve overcome David Lee’s injury, but losing Curry is an injury of an entirely different color.