Most of the concerns Mark Jackson had about the health of Stephen Curry's ankle were lifted before the coach even arrived at the Warriors' downtown Oakland practice facility Saturday morning. When the head coach eased past his point guard's car at an intersection, they both hit their horns and waved in unison. Jackson knew Curry's reaction would have been far different if he wasn't feeling optimistic about playing in Sunday's Game 4. "I've been in those positions when I've put my head down and didn't even want to speak to my coach," Jackson said. "He's doing just fine." Medical reports were "just fine" on the point guards out of both camps Saturday - a day after Curry and San Antonio's Tony Parker limped toward their respective locker rooms - meaning Sunday's matchup between the backcourt dynamos should tip off as scheduled. Curry, who scored 44 points in Game 1, rolled his left ankle with about five minutes remaining in Game 3 and hobbled through the rest of the loss. Parker, who scored 25 of his 32 points in the first half of Game 3, was kicked in the left calf, leaving a baseball-sized knot. "It wouldn't be as fun a game without them, obviously," Warriors shooting guard Klay Thompson said. "Those are two of the most fun guys to watch in the NBA." Not to worry, they say. X-rays on Curry's ankle were negative, and no other tests were scheduled, according to the team. He sprained his left ankle - not the twice surgically repaired right one - Friday when he was trying to catch a chest-high pass to his left while changing direction with his feet back to the right. Curry said his left ankle had still not completely healed from a Game 2 sprain in the first round. He didn't miss any action in the series against Denver, but he had nearly 72 hours to recover between Games 2 and 3 and needed anti-inflammatory injections after Game 3 and before Game 4. He hopes to avoid an injection this time, even though Sunday's 12:30 p.m. tip calls for an expedited treatment schedule. "I'm pretty optimistic that I'll be able to play," Curry said. "In whatever capacity, I'll be on the floor. ... If I can give the team anything, I'll play. If I can get to a point where I'm not hobbling and I can cut how I want - it doesn't have to be 100 percent, as long as I can be confident that it won't do any further damage.
Steph Curry, Parker likely for Game 4
San Francisco Chronicle | May 12