May 14, 2013, 2:24 PM EDT
The left ankle injury that Stephen Curry suffered late in Game 3 was a legitimate cause for concern for the Warriors. Despite Curry’s cold shooting in the last game and a half before it occurred, few believed that Golden State would be able to beat the Spurs without him.
Curry played in the Warriors’ overtime Game 4 victory, and played well. He finished with 22 points on 7-of-15 shooting (5-of-10 from three-point distance), to go along with six rebounds and four assists in 39 minutes of action.
The only question surrounding Curry’s health was whether or not there’d be any swelling in the ankle the next day, or whether the pain injection he took in order to play would have any lasting effects. Speaking to reporters at shootaround in advance of Game 5 on Tuesday, all signs from Curry seemed to be positive.
-CURRY: I feel good. Ready to go tonight. It feels a whole lot better than it did before Game 4, so that’s all I could ask for.
-Q: You said you just wanted it to feel like it did after Game 4. So it’s better than that?
-CURRY: I woke up yesterday, it wasn’t worse than it was before the game, which is a huge success. And then was able to capitalize on that with treatment the last day or so.
So mission accomplished, to be able to play Game 4 and not have any setbacks or kind of delay the healing process for tonight.
Curry went on to say that he wouldn’t play with a brace on the left ankle, and that he doesn’t expect it to require surgery in the offseason. He also said he didn’t plan on taking an injection for Game 5, despite having had to do so three times previously already in the postseason.
One more item of note, in case there was any doubt about just how great of a shooter Curry is: he wasn’t able to get any shots up between games 3 and 4 due to his ankle receiving constant treatment, and didn’t touch a basketball until layup lines minutes before tip-off. The result? Curry knocked down his first two shot attempts in the game’s first three minutes, both from well beyond the three-point arc.