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NBA Playoffs 2016: Warriors star Stephen Curry expected to play on Sunday

Warriors coach Steve Kerr said earlier today that he expects Steph Curry to play tomorrow.

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After sitting out two games due to an ankle injury, Golden State Warriors star Stephen Curry is expected to play in Game 4 against the Houston Rockets on Sunday.

Warriors coach Steve Kerr told media in Houston today that Curry successfully made it through a five-on-five scrimmage today, which has them hopeful that he'll be able to go tomorrow, according to Diamond Leung of the Bay Area News Group.

Warriors coach Steve Kerr said Curry participated in full-court 5-on-5 scrimmaging.

"He didn't have any pain this morning or after the workout," Kerr said. "So we're expecting him to play, but we'll see how he is tomorrow morning."

Kerr said he expected to monitor Curry's minutes given that his conditioning level had changed after having gone eight days between games.

Prior to passing that final test today, Curry was able to pass a small three-on-three test yesterday, according to Michael Lee of The Vertical.

Curry passed his first test toward a return on Friday, when he teamed up with Anderson Varejao and James Michael McAdoo to go three-on-three against Brandon Rush, Ian Clark and assistant Luke Walton. Kerr said Curry moved well and didn't report any pain during Friday's practice. Curry added that he's "pretty close" to being pain free in the ankle.

For those thinking that Kerr was forced to play Curry at this point due to the Warriors' loss in Game 3, it's worth considering that Kerr said keeping him out the previous game was an "easy" decision and Curry has gone through the routine process of returning to the court that we've heard about all year — this is not the mark of a team feeling that they desperately need their star as much as the injury simply not being as severe as some fans feared. And the Warriors have played this perfectly: Curry has had nearly a week to let this ankle heal and they still have a chance to take full control of this series in Game 4.

Would the Warriors be able to win Game 4 without Curry anyway, especially with the additional motivation of having blown an opportunity to win Game 3 on Thursday? Maybe, but hopefully we won't have to find out.