Jackson expects Curry to play tonight

Published: Tuesday, Apr. 30, 2013 - 12:00 am | Page 2C
Last Modified: Tuesday, Apr. 30, 2013 - 7:54 am

OAKLAND – Stephen Curry has a sprained left ankle, a tender hamstring and a shiner after getting poked in the eye during the Warriors' Game 4 playoff win over the Denver Nuggets on Sunday night.

But coach Mark Jackson said Monday his star point guard should be ready to go tonight in Denver, where the Warriors, leading 3-1, will try to close out the best-of-seven series.

"I was just in the lounge with him (at the Warriors' downtown practice facility), and he's doing fine," Jackson said.

Curry, who scored 22 of his 31 points in the third quarter, said after the game that the painkilling injection he received in his ankle took awhile to take effect. It's uncertain how serious the hamstring injury is; it has been reported as a mild strain.

Curry did not play after getting poked in the eye by the Nuggets' Corey Brewer in the fourth quarter. But the game was in hand, and Curry said afterward his vision was not impaired and he could have returned.

Denver has been outsmarted, outhustled, outshot and outrebounded in the series. Only Andre Miller's layup with one second left in Game 1 has prevented a sweep.

"We're not doing things right, and they're doing everything right," Miller said.

Andrew Bogut's play in the post – after an injury-filled regular season in which he didn't play against Denver – has been among the biggest surprises of the series.

"He's brought a defensive physicality to their front line," Nuggets coach George Karl said.

Even after losing David Lee to a season-ending hip injury in Game 1, the Warriors have sapped Denver's energy and stunted its transition game with three-pointers and interior dominance.

"When they come down and just hit threes when you've just crossed halfcourt, you can't scheme around that. You can't stop that," the Nuggets' Kenneth Faried said.

Lakers – Steve Nash said he hopes Dwight Howard re-signs with the Lakers.

"He's in the prime of his career," Nash said one day after the Lakers were swept by the San Antonio Spurs in the first round. "He's got his best years ahead of him. This has got to be the place for him."

Howard becomes a free agent in July, able to sign a maximum five-year, $118 million deal with the Lakers or a four-year, $88 million deal with another team.

The Associated Press and Los Angeles Times contributed to this report.

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