OAKLAND — The Warriors absorbed what could be a serious dent in their championship armor. They listed both Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson as questionable for Game 1 of the Western Conference semifinals against the Houston Rockets on Sunday at Oracle Arena because of right ankle sprains.
Kerr also described Thompson’s right ankle sprain as “significant” and sidestepped a question about an Athletic report that detailed Thompson’s injury as serious. Kerr joked, “they got better sources than I do.”
Curry sprained his right ankle in the first quarter of Friday’s Game 6 close-out win over the Los Angeles Clippers on Friday after rotating on defense, while Thompson sprained his right ankle in the third quarter after driving to the basket. Neither injury kept them out of the lineup. But both players sat by their lockers afterwards receiving treatment. Both Curry and Thompson limped out of the locker room eventually and proclaimed themselves ready for Game 1.
Both Curry and Thompson received more treatment on Saturday morning before the team’s planned film session later this afternoon. They plan to follow the same procedure leading into Sunday’s pre-game warmup. Those around Thompson at least believe the injury will not keep him out of Game 1. They have more concern on how much it might limit his movement.
“They both came in today and got some work,” Kerr said. “We’ll see how they’re doing tomorrow.”
Draymond Green has also nursed a right wrist contusion since Game 3 last week that required him to wear a bandage afterwards. After Green had what Kerr considered “his best game” with 16 points, 14 rebounds and 10 assists in Game 6, the Warriors’ coach did not sound concerned about Green’s ailment.
“Draymond’s good,” Kerr said.