HOUSTON -– Yes, he’s playing.
The first clue was when Stephen Curry sprinted out of the Warriors locker room at about 1:05 p.m. local time, roughly 90 minutes before tipoff Sunday, to begin his pregame workout routine.
The second clue was when Curry went through his routine, the two-ball dribbling drill and the comprehensive shooting show, without any evident limp.
A half-hour later, Curry was cleared to play and placed in the starting lineup for Game 4 against the Rockets at Toyota Center. It’s his first appearance since Game 1 on April 16, when he was forced to the sideline after tweaking his right ankle.
Minutes after Warriors coach Steve Kerr said Curry felt no ill effects in the wake of a full scrimmage Saturday – his first intense action in a week -- the point guard took the floor and went through his routine without any evident limp, after which he officially on the active list.
In his pregame news conference, Kerr said Curry felt no ill effects in the wake of a full 5-on-5 scrimmage Saturday, which was his first intense workout since Game 1 in Oakland. Moreover, the coach said Curry noted upon arrival in the locker room that he’s “feeling good.”
And then he went out and proved it, his pregame session going off without a hitch.