BOSTON (AFP) - Golden State star Stephen Curry was emphatic on Thursday (June 9) in confirming he'll play Game 4 of the NBA Finals, despite suffering a foot injury in the Warriors' Game 3 loss to the Boston Celtics.
"I'm going to play," Curry said at practice on Thursday. "That's all I know right now."
The Warriors trail 2-1 in the best-of-seven championship series heading into Game 4 at Boston's TD Garden on Saturday morning (June 11, Singapore time).
Curry was among the Warriors starters who sat out the last few minutes with Boston on the way to a convincing 116-100 victory. He led the Warriors with 31 points before hurting his foot when he was buried in a scrum of players chasing a loose ball.
He said the injury was reminiscent of the foot sprain he suffered in March and he hadn't pursued any medical imaging tests on it.
"Because I went through what I went through in the regular season and coming back, I know exactly what it is and what I've got to deal with and the soreness/pain level and all that," Curry said.
"So once I got checked out last night, I knew I wouldn't have to go get any extra tests just because we've been through this before."
Curry said his treatment so far had consisted of "about 10-and-a-half hours of sleep, a couple dunks in the ice bucket".
He said he knew right away that the injury was less severe than his earlier one.
"As soon as you started to take a couple of steps, you kind of know whether you can run normal, cut normal or not. Back then, I couldn't," he said. "Yesterday, I could. That gave me a little bit of confidence knowing it wasn't as bad.
"We'll see how it feels tomorrow. I know I'm going to play, but (we'll) just see how it responds to that type of impact."