Golden State Warriors guards Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson both played in Game 1 of their team’s second-round Western Conference playoff series against the Houston Rockets on Sunday afternoon in spite of ankle injuries, but both of them playing was not a sure thing.
Thompson was actually listed as a game-time decision, and Curry clearly was not 100 percent in what ended up being a 104-100 win.
The good news for the Warriors is that both Curry and Thompson are fine and will be good to go for Game 2 on Tuesday night, according to Mark Medina of The Mercury News.
Curry made a huge 3-pointer to put Golden State up by five points with under a minute to go on Sunday. But overall, he struggled, scoring 18 points while making just five of his 12 shots and going 3-of-10 from 3-point range.
Meanwhile, Thompson finished with 13 points with similar efficiency, going 5-of-13 from the floor and burying two of his five long-distance tries.
Luckily for the Dubs, Kevin Durant was once again magnificent, racking up 35 points two nights after dropping 50 in the Warriors’ closeout win over the Los Angeles Clippers. He also poured in 45 points in Game 5 of that first-round series.
The Warriors, who are aiming to win their third straight NBA championship, have had their ups and downs in this postseason, logging a couple of head-scratching home losses to the Clippers in the previous round.
But Golden State will now have the opportunity to put a stranglehold on this series Tuesday, and it seems like Curry and Thompson will be ready for it.