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Warriors vs. Rockets: Stephen Curry hoping injured ankle "responds well" before Game 2

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After Steph Curry tweaked his ankle on Saturday in Game 1 against the Rockets, the Warriors will have to decide whether to rest him in Game 2 on Monday.

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With 9:12 left in the third quarter of the Golden State Warriors' win in Game 1 of the first round on Saturday, Stephen Curry left the game and did not return due to hurting his ankle.

Curry did eventually return to the bench after a check up and re-tape in the locker room, but coach Steve Kerr reportedly refused to play him again with the Warriors cruising toward a relatively easy 104-78 playoff win.

Now the question becomes whether Kerr and the coaching staff will choose to rest Curry in Game 2 on Monday against a clearly inferior opponent at home with a two day break before Game 3 in Houston.

Kerr was absolutely right to hold Curry out of the game in the second half -- the Warriors clearly didn't need him to win and he was visibly limping around the court when he returned to the game. Along those lines, against a team that is clearly willing to resort to fighting when basketball won't help them win, there just doesn't seem to be much point in allowing Curry to push through the injury when he's not needed to compete against this team.

After the game, Curry seemed to take the injury and the physical altercation with Rockets guard Patrick Beverley in the first half in stride, clearly expressing that he was ready to get back in the game despite hurting the ankle but also that he is in wait-and-see mode over the next couple of days.

Obviously Curry wants to play, but if he's feeling any pain in that ankle right now, wouldn't it be wiser to preserve him for the remainder of the playoff run?