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Steph says he'll play Game 4: 'Just a pain tolerance thing'

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Exhale, Dub Nation.

It appears that Steph Curry, who suffered an injury to his left foot late in the Warriors’ 116-110 loss on Wednesday to the Boston Celtics in Game 3 of the NBA Finals, will be ready to play in Game 4.

"I'm going to play," Curry told reporters Thursday, saying that it was "just a pain tolerance thing."

Warriors coach Steve Kerr reiterated Curry's sentiments, saying that he "expects" the star guard to play.

The Athletic’s Shams Charania reported earlier Thursday, citing sources, that Curry has avoided a major injury and there’s “optimism” that the Warriors star will play Friday.

Curry was injured during a scramble for a loose ball with four minutes left in Wednesday’s loss, where Celtics big man Al Horford’s body landed on Curry’s foot.

The Warriors superstar screamed in pain, but was able to play for the next couple minutes before being taken out with the game out of reach.

"I'll be all right," Curry said to reporters Wednesday after the game. "I think I caught it underneath [Al Horford]. Obviously in decent pain, but I'll be all right. See how it feels tomorrow and get ready for Friday." 

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Curry has been spectacular so far in these Finals, but he and the Warriors find themselves trailing the best-of-seven series two games to one. Curry is averaging a Finals-high 31.3 points per game, so his ability to play in Friday’s Game 4 at TD Garden is critical to the Warriors' chances of securing their fourth title in eight seasons.

 

However, assuming he plays, it's clear that he will have to play through some level of pain.

Game 4 is set for 6 p.m. PT at TD Garden in Boston, with Game 5 back at Chase Center in San Francisco on Monday.