Curry a game-time call; Parker says he'll play
Golden State Warriors point guard Stephen Curry received treatment on his sprained left ankle Saturday and is considered a game-time decision for Game 4 of the Western Conference semifinals.
When asked if he could play in Game 4, Curry said: "I think so. You never really know how it's going to feel the next day. You just keep with the treatment."
He said it did not feel as bad as when he sprained the same ankle in Game 2 of the first-round series against Denver. Curry did not miss any games in that series, although he did have the benefit of two full days off between Games 2 and 3.
"It wasn't as bad as the one I did in Denver; it just hapened to be the same foot," Curry said. "Compounding the fact that it wasn't all the way healed from last time and just a repeat turn. I'm pretty optimistic I'll be able to play in whatever the capacity; I'll be on the floor."
"If I can give the team anything, I will play."
"If he goes, he goes," Warriors coach Mark Jackson said of Curry. "If he doesn't, then Jarrett Jack will be our starting point guard."
Those aren't reassuring words to Warriors fans who booed Jack and used his name in vain on the way out of Oracle Arena on Friday night. That reaction came after Jack missed a 3-pointer in a no-pass possession and threw the ball away late in the Warriors' 102-92 loss in Game 3, giving the Spurs a 2-1 lead in the series
However, Jack sounded confident Saturday that he could handle the job if asked to replace the Warriors' leading scorer and the playoffs' top assist man.
"I've done it many, many, many times," said Jack, who has started 253 regular-season and four playoff games during his eight-year NBA career. "It won't be anything [where] I've got to go in there and read a Phil Jackson Zen book or anything. I've just got to come out there and be ready to lead our team."
Curry sprained the ankle while he attempted to gather himself after a pump fake with five minutes remaining in the fourth quarter. He limped around, but ultimately remained in the game. Since scoring 44 points in Game 1, Curry has struggled with his shot, missing 25-of-37 field goal attempts in the past two games.
Parker was having his best game of the playoffs when he inadvertently was kicked in the calf by Warriors center Andrew Bogut in the fourth quarter of Game 3. Parker scored 32 points and made 13-of-23 shots, but only one of his field goals came in the final quarter.
"I couldn't elevate," Parker said. "My last couple shots were short and I missed my free throws. I couldn't feel my leg. Hopefully [Sunday], I'll feel better."
Parker said the bruise felt like he had a baseball in his left leg.
"It's really sore right now," Parker said. "I just can't see myself not playing. I'll definitely play."
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