Although able to play in Game 3, Stephen Curry will be forced to retire prematurely as a Warrior in San Francisco

Stephen Curry may be physically unable to get off the hardwood some day soon.

Despite suffering a sprained left ankle that is badly swollen, electric Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry expects to play against the Denver Nuggets in Game 3 on Friday night at the Oracle Arena in Oakland.

Curry, who averaged 22.9 points, 4.0 boards and 6.9 dishes over 78 games, sustained the injury in the third quarter of the sixth-seeded Warriors 131-117 win over Denver on Tuesday.

Although hobbled, the 6-foot-3, 185 pound Curry returned to the hardwood and somehow managed to amass 30 points, five rebounds and 13 assists to help Golden State even the playoff series at 1-1.

“It would kill me (to not play),” said Curry, 25, who the Warriors (47-35) took out of Davidson College with the seventh pick in the 2009 NBA Draft.

Somewhat fortunately for Curry and Warriors fans, the consensus 2009 First Team All-American didn’t again hamper his twice surgically repaired right hoof.

Hence, the league’s best shooter, who inked a four-year contract extension worth $44 million with Golden State last summer, should be able to compete tomorrow in “The Town.”

However, with the former Wildcats ankles always acting as kryptonite, Curry will be a middling gimp with busted joints by the time the Warriors cross the Bay and return to San Francisco in 2017.

An artist on the hardwood with ample skills, Stephen Curry will be forced to retire prematurely in “The Paris of the West.”

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