Steph hopeful he can play vs. 76ers after left ankle tweak

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Nothing makes Warriors fans cringe and squirm like seeing Steph Curry roll an ankle.

With seven minutes remaining in regulation between the Warriors and Boston Celtics on Saturday night, Curry came off a screen and when he planted his left foot on the parquet floor at TD Garden, his shoe didn't slide, leading to a rolled ankle.

Curry remained down on the floor for several moments and appeared to be in a lot of pain.

But Curry has been through this before. He knows when the ankle injuries are bad and when he can push through and continue playing. On this night, he was able to walk it off and finish the game.

After rolling his ankle, Curry still managed to hit three huge 3-pointers for the Warriors, and he finished with a dazzling game-high 47 points. But it wasn't enough as Jayson Tatum scored 44 points to lead the Celtics to a 119-114 win.

After the loss, Curry spoke to the media and addressed the severity of this ankle roll.

"Kind of the usual ones I've had in the past," Curry said. "I kept playing, so that's a good sign in terms of where the pain was, but we'll see how it responds tomorrow. It's kind of a guessing game at this point. But the fact that I could even continue was a good sign."

The Warriors have a day off before playing the 76ers in Philadelphia on Monday, and Curry's availability for the game is unknown at his point.


"Honestly, I have no idea," Curry said when asked if he thinks he can play Monday. "I'm hopeful though, obviously."

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Warriors coach Steve Kerr offered his view of Curry's ankle injury.

"I was asking him constantly out there if he was OK and he said 'Yeah, I'm fine, I'm fine, I'm fine,' " Kerr said. "I told him a couple times 'Don't be a hero. If you're hurt, you've been through this before.' He said 'No, I'm OK.' So my sense is that it's a tweak that was painful, but that he's going to be alright. He's in there now getting treatment."

The loss drops the Warriors to 28-29 this season, and Draymond Green knows they need Curry to be healthy for Monday's game in Philadelphia and beyond.

"Obviously we need him, to say the least, so hopefully it's not [that bad]," Green said, "But he continued to battle, continued to fight. That's all you can ask for from your leader. So hopefully it's not that bad and we'll have him on Monday because when it doesn't, it gets real hard."

With Curry, the Warriors have a good shot to go into Philly on Monday and knock off the East-leading 76ers. Without him, the odds of winning drop massively. And with every single game meaning so much in the race to secure a playoff or play-in spot, Golden State has to hope their superstar can give it a go.

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