Warriors' Curry expects to play Monday vs. Lakers

Golden State guard Stephen Curry scored 35 points in Saturday night's win over the Washington Wizards, but the Warriors' fourth-year player was forced to leave in the fourth quarter after injuring his right ankle -- again.

X-rays taken after the game were negative, and Curry said Sunday that he'd be ready for Monday's game against the Los Angeles Lakers in Oakland.

"I'm fine. Don't worry about my ankle, I'll get through it like I usually do," he said, according to multiple media reports. "I have to get my treatment and get ready for Monday."

Monday's game is crucial as the Warriors (40-31) hope to solidify their hold on the sixth playoff spot in the West. The Lakers (36-34) are hanging on to the eighth and final spot in the West. The Houston Rockets, which was 38-31 heading into a Sunday night game against the conference-leading San Antonio Spurs, hold the seventh position.

Curry had surgery in May 2011 to repair torn ligaments from multiple sprains in his right ankle. He sprained the ankle again at the beginning of the lockout-shortened 2011-12 season. He also rehabbed the ankle before the start of the current season, and he re-injured it three times this season

Despite the importance of Monday's game, Curry remains cautious.

"You have to be smart at this point of the season," Curry said "Fighting through something when you're not ready, when you have bigger things coming down the stretch, you have to be smart. We know the Lakers are coming, and they're right behind us and need that game."