'It'll be obvious right away' if Stephen Curry's injury hampers Warriors, says Grant Hill

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Stephen Curry's status for Game 4 of the NBA Finals was in question when he suffered a foot injury just moments before the Golden State Warriors dropped Game 3 to the Boston Celtics on Wednesday. But the veteran superstar didn't put himself on the team injury report while speaking to reporters on Thursday. Despite the foot issue, Curry declared he's "good enough to play" in Game 4 on Friday, and head coach Steve Kerr said he has no restrictions.

The injury scare occurred late in the fourth quarter, when Celtics veteran big Al Horford landed on Curry in a scramble for a loose ball. After whistles were blown, Curry remained on the floor, screaming and grimacing in pain, and he needed a minute to gather himself. Although he had a noticeable limp, Curry said the injury felt similar to the sprain he suffered in March, but less severe. He reportedly walked around more comfortably on Thursday.

"If he has an injury, I think it'll be obvious right away. I say that because of the way that he plays," former NBA player Grant Hill told the Reiter Than You show on Friday. "He covers a lot of ground, he's constantly moving. His game's sort of about outworking, running around, and using screens. So, if you don't have your foundation and your legs are bad, it's difficult to be effective... But if he's able to play, he'll play. And I think you'll notice in the first four or five minutes...

"Let's assume that Steph's healthy. Klay's played better. And he played better in Game 3, and they still lost. And Golden State is a team that has institutional knowledge... If they can get off to a better start, if Steph Curry is healthy, and if Draymond can have more of an impact on the game -- like he did in Game 2 -- then I think they can win [Game 4]... So, it's a toss-up. It can go either way. But I'll say, whoever wins Game 4, wins the series."

Curry, who recently won the inaugural Western Conference Finals MVP award, scored a team-high 31 points in Game 3, and is averaging 26.8 points with 5.8 assists, 4.9 boards, and 1.3 steals through 19 playoff games this season. He's also scored 78 three-pointers, and according to ESPN Stats, it's the fifth time in his career that he's made 70-plus threes in a single postseason. With three more Finals wins, Curry would be tied with 14 others as a four-time champion.

Golden State, which earned the West's third seed with a 53-29 record, will play Game 4 against Boston on Friday night, with tipoff scheduled for 9 ET. According to FiveThirtyEight projections, the Warriors currently have only a 12-percent chance to capture their fourth title since 2015. And if the Celtics hoist the Larry O'Brien trophy, it'll be their NBA-record 18th in team history.

The entire NBA conversation between Hill and Reiter can be accessed in the audio player above.

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