Curry will start vs. Phoenix, but minutes will be limited

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Curry will start vs. Phoenix, but minutes will be limited
March 9, 2014, 4:45 pm
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He won't play 48 minutes. We'll play it by ear, game to game.
Mark Jackson on Stephen Curry

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OAKLAND – Warriors point guard Stephen Curry will start Sunday night's game against the Suns, coach Mark Jackson said two hours before tipoff, but his minutes will be limited.

Curry, the Warriors' leading scorer, is coping with a minor strain of his right quad, Jackson said.

"He won't play 48 minutes," Jackson said. "We'll play it by ear, game to game."

The strain was revealed when Curry underwent an MRI test on Saturday.

"I didn't want to get the results I got," Curry said. "But it's good that we know, so that it doesn't get any worse. We can manage it. With the communication between me and coach and the training staff, as this next week goes on, just see how it goes."

When I asked Jackson specifically about which Warrior would be designated to defend Suns star Goran Dragic, Jackson said Curry would open with the assignment.

Curry said the injury traces back to the third quarter of last Wednesday's 108-88 win at Boston, when he left the game with what was described as a "sore right leg." He said one reason he figures to play through it is that his left leg is his primary jump leg.

"It's tolerable," he said. "It's just potential, if that muscle fatigues, for other things to kind of creep up. That's what I'm trying to avoid."

Despite the nagging ache, Curry played 30 minutes on Friday, finishing with 13 points and seven assists in a 111-97 win over the Hawks at Oracle Arena.