Golden State Warriors star Stephen Curry, who is questionable for Thursday's Game 3 in Houston with a right ankle injury, said Wednesday that, "Based on how I feel right now, I probably couldn't play."
However, he also said, "Tomorrow it could be different," adding that his sprained ankle is making progress.
"Today was, in the words of Ice Cube, a good day," he said.
Curry missed Game 2 after he was hurt in the opener of the Western Conference first-round series. The Warriors overcame his absence and won 115-106 to take a 2-0 lead in the best-of-seven series.
Curry asserted that he doesn't feel like he could play right now because he still isn't able to perform certain movements at "full speed, or game speed."
"It's why I didn't play Game 2," he said. "I tried my best to simulate moves I would probably have to do in the game, and I couldn't do it. If that happens tomorrow at full speed, then I'll adjust accordingly."
Golden State coach Steve Kerr said he was encouraged by how Curry looked on Wednesday.
"You couldn't see anything today as far as a limp,'' he said. "So he's doing a lot better.''
Curry participated at practice, but shot poorly to end his normal routine. When asked if he was missing, he joked, "A little bit. Y'all got here late."
When asked whether his ankle sprain is different from the others he has endured in the past, Curry said, "The symptoms are, yeah. But the way that I did it, it's very similar, so I just have to adjust accordingly."
Curry was also asked if he's in a lot of pain or if he's just not able to do the things he's normally able to do.
"Both," he said. "There's a certain kind of threshold of, like, soreness you can deal with that kind of rolls into pain, where things shut down if you get into a certain position or whatnot. That's what I want to avoid."
Kerr said he is also concerned with that balance.
"It's funny because people say, 'Just give him like two weeks off, his ankle will be fine,'" Kerr said with a laugh. "Yeah, but what about his shooting arm? What about his handle? Players want to play. So there's always a rest versus rhythm equation in there somewhere that we have to factor in.''
Curry, whose 30.1 points per game in the regular season led the NBA, said he was impressed by the way his teammates stepped up without him in Game 2. Even though he has confidence that his teammates could perform like that again, he said he is itching to get back on the court.
"It's obviously a good safety net to know that we have such a deep, talented team that all those guys are capable of going out there and winning a playoff game and doing their job,'' he said. "It's a good thought to have, but I want to assess where I am based solely on [health]. Not try to look at the circumstances."
Curry injured his ankle during the second quarter of the team's Game 1 victory when he twisted the ankle after missing a shot as he turned to get back on defense.
Curry tried to come back in the second half before quickly being pulled by Kerr.
"It's better than Game 2," Curry said. "I'm definitely encouraged that it's better. And as long as it's continuing to get better, then I think we're in good shape. How quickly that happens, I don't know."
Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.