Warriors star Curry expects to return Sunday


Golden State star guard Stephen Curry, sidelined by an ankle injury as his Warriors fell to the Houston Rockets, expects to be back for game four of their NBA playoff series on Sunday.

Curry has missed two games with a sprained right ankle, but said he would be “very surprised” if he doesn’t return on Sunday and is prepared to play through the pain barrier if need be.

He didn’t enjoy watching in Houston, where Golden State went down 97-96 Thursday to a jump shot by Rockets star James Harden with two seconds to play.

The Rockets cut the deficit in the best-of-seven Western Conference series to 2-1.

Curry is hoping to be in a position to help his team bounce back.

“I think I can play through a little bit of discomfort and whatnot, especially in a playoff situation,” Curry told reporters, adding that team medical staff and coaches want him to sit “if there is any ounce of instability or doubt.”

“Obviously, they have my best interest, but it’s kind of hard to take that advice and sit out.

“It’s a tough feeling.”