Curry doesn’t have much time to recover
by Sam Amick, USA TODAY Sports
Stephen Curry and Tony Parker woke up battered and bruised on Saturday, the next turn in this Western Conference Semifinal tied to their health and their respective teams bracing for good fortune and good healing before the midday tipoff in Game 4 on Sunday.
It appears the San Antonio Spurs are in better shape than the Golden State Warriors.
Golden State coach Mark Jackson, whose team trails 2-1, told reporters at practice Saturday that he won’t know until tomorrow whether Curry will be able to play with the ailing left ankle that he turned for a second time in these playoffs in Friday night’s Game 3 loss at Oracle Arena. Curry, whose X-Rays were negative, will continue treatment and be a gametime decision.
The schedule is not helping Curry’s cause, as there is approximately 38 hours of recovery time between the end of Game 3 and the start of Game 4 (3:30 pm ET). And as was the case after Game 3, Jackson – who would put point guard Jarrett Jack in Curry’s place if he can’t play – continued to sound like someone who expects to be without his best player.
“We wouldn’t be where we are without Jarrett Jack,” Jackson told reporters in Oakland. “So fasten your seat belts and enjoy the ride.”
Parker told reporters after practice in San Francisco that he expects to play despite suffering a bruised left calf late in Game 3 when Warriors center Andrew Bogut inadvertently kicked him. He hobbled slowly out of the arena late Friday night, but said a day later that he will go.
“I just can’t see myself not playing,” Parker told reporters. “I’ll definitely play.”
The two point guards were going in opposite directions even before their differing diagnoses. Curry has been slowed in the last two games after his 44-point, 11-assist show in a Game 1 loss, with Spurs guard Danny Green doing much of that damage. Parker is coming off his best game of the postseason, having scored 25 of his 32 points in the first half on Friday as the Spurs took control of the … [For more on Stephen Curry doesn't have much time to recover, click here.]