Programming note: Watch "Warriors Playoff Central" tonight at 5 p.m., and immediately after Game 5 on CSN Bay Area. Both shows will be streaming live right here.
OAKLAND – Stephen Curry said he is sore but otherwise ready to take the floor when the Warriors face the Rockets in Game 5 of the Western Conference Finals Wednesday night at Oracle Arena.
Wearing a sleeve on his right arm during the team’s Wednesday morning shootaround at the team facility, Curry conceded to feeling delayed soreness once the adrenaline of Game 4 wore off.
“When you fall like that, it’s scary,” he said. “But this is something you deal with throughout your career. At some point or another, you’re going to run into a screen and you’re going to get hit. Or you might take a charge or something and get bruised up. I can deal with that, so all is good.”
“My whole right side took the brunt of that force, along with my head. It’s basically like a bruise all the way up and down your body.”
Based on his experience Wednesday morning, Curry likely will wear the sleeve Wednesday night.
“I shot pretty well with it just now,” he said. “So, hopefully, that will continue tonight. I don’t wear them ever, so it’s a little getting used to. But it’s nothing.”
Curry was injured in Game 4 at Houston when he tumbled to the floor after attempting to block a shot by Rockets forward Trevor Ariza and landed mostly on his back and neck area. He was diagnosed with a head contusion and returned to the game.
“I won’t think about it tonight, like ‘Stay out of the paint,’ “ Curry said. “I won’t probably jump at any pump fakes. I’ll be more disciplined in that regard. But other than that, (I’ll) stay aggressive, stay in attack mode, whether it’s on offense or defense.”