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Warriors' hopes vs Nuggets hinge on Curry

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) - Golden State Warriors point guard Stephen Curry is unsure if his sprained left ankle will be healthy enough for him to play in Game 3 against the Denver Nuggets on Friday night.

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Curry said his ankle became swollen after Tuesday night's 131-117 win at Denver evened the best-of-seven series at a game apiece. He sat out practice Thursday.

Curry said he'll continue treatment and remains optimistic about starting the first home playoff game of his four-year career. He also said he'll consider a pain-numbing injection, which is something he has never done during the regular season when his twice surgically repaired right ankle gave him problems in the past.

``I can only speak about how I feel right now and I wouldn't be able to play right now if there was a game,'' Curry said before Golden State's practice at Oracle Arena. ``Just got to take advantage of the next day and a half to get it right and I think I have enough time to do it.''

The Warriors drafted Curry seventh overall out of Davidson in 2009. After a sensational rookie season, Curry was hit hard by injuries, spending the past two summers recovering from surgery on that troublesome right ankle.

The Warriors still took the risk of signing Curry to a $44 million, four-year contract extension through the 2016-17 season hours before the season opener at Phoenix. It was the final day Golden State could sign Curry to an extension or he could become a restricted free agent this summer.

Curry erased doubts about his right ankle during a mostly injury-free season, averaging career highs of 22.9 points and 6.9 assists while playing in 78 of 82 games. He also shot his way into NBA history by sinking 272 3-pointers this season, three more than former record-holder Ray Allen had for Seattle in 2005-06.

Curry turned his left ankle trying to change directions while dribbling in the third quarter of Game 2. He returned to finish with 30 points and 13 assists. He also had 19 points and nine assists in 97-95 loss in Game 1.

Curry said it would be difficult to imagine if he had to sit out his first home playoff game because of an ankle injury.

``It would kill me,'' Curry said. ``Especially for it being an ankle kind of deal. I've been through enough of that.''

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