NBA: Warriors' Curry, Thompson dealing with ankle injuries

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Posted at Apr 28 2019 09:44 AM

Golden State Warriors guard Klay Thompson (11) and guard Stephen Curry (30) celebrate during the fourth quarter in game one of the first round of the 2019 NBA Playoffs at Oracle Arena. Kyle Terada, USA TODAY Sports/Reuteres

Golden State Warriors backcourt stars Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson are questionable for Sunday's Western Conference semifinals opener against the Houston Rockets due to injured right ankles.

Both players were hurt during Friday's Game 6 of the first-round series against the Los Angeles Clippers. 

The Warriors won that contest to clinch the series and there isn't much recovery time prior to the start of the conference semifinals.

"We'll see how they're doing "(Sunday)," Golden State coach Steve Kerr told reporters on Saturday. "I'm not going to make a definitive statement on whether they'll both play -- let's just call it questionable. And there's nothing implied there; they both came in today and got some work and we'll see how they're doing (Sunday)."

Curry's injury came late in the first quarter and he was seen limping after the contest. Thompson was hurt in the third quarter and his injury initially concerned Kerr.

"It was a significant sprain," Kerr said of Thompson. "He was limping last night. So as I said, we'll see how he's doing (Sunday)."

Despite the short turnaround for the Rockets' series, Kerr said he isn't concerned about this team's energy level.

"I think they're more energized that we're here," Kerr told reporters. "I think we are happy to get past the Clippers, they were fantastic. They prepared us well for this series. I'm not worried about the energy because here we are, it's the playoffs and no matter what we do at max, there's six weeks left in the season. At minimum, there's a couple weeks, so we're near the finish line.

"So our guys are going to have plenty of motivation, plenty of energy. I'm more worried about the nagging injuries right now from (Friday) night, so we'll see what happens.

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