After a one-point loss to the Rockets, Golden State Warriors head coach Steve Kerr stated that it was “a very easy decision” to sit Stephen Curry in Game 3 as per reported by ESPN.
Stephen Curry, who suffered an ankle injury in Game 1, was still unable to be back on court though his MRI result on Tuesday revealed nothing serious to be concerned of. Curry expressed his desire to play in Game 3 but Steve Kerr said that the staff told him that Curry would sit, a decision that the Warriors superstar somehow understands.
The Warriors managed to win in Game 2 against the Rockets and that might be the reason they didn’t push Curry to play in Game 3.
However, on a Twitter post by Marc J. Spears of ESPN, Steve Kerr will test Curry to take part in a 3-on-3 on Friday to see if Curry will be ready for Game 4 on Sunday.
“We talked to him after shoot around today, and he felt pretty good,” Kerr said via ESPN. “He moved well. He wanted to play. But ultimately, we didn’t feel comfortable after four straight days of inactivity, throwing him into the middle of a playoff game, not knowing how the ankle would respond.”
“It wasn’t worth the risk if we’d put him out there tonight and he had reinjured it,” said Kerr, whose team leads the series 2-1 after the loss. “That’s too big of a risk.
The Golden State Warriors needed the fully recovered Stephen Curry not only with the game against the Rockets but for the succeeding games where they might face a tougher opponent. That might be the things circulating inside Steve Kerr’s mind that’s why he said that it was a very easy decision to sit Curry in Game 3.
If possible, a Game 4 return would give Curry the opportunity to test if he had fully recovered from the injury and to get back his rhythm. The Rockets had lucked not encountering Curry that much in the first three games.
Nevertheless, the Rockets were already expecting his return in Game 4 and were now making strategies on how to limit the scoring performance of the reigning MVP.
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