OAKLAND -- Warriors guard Stephen Curry will start but play limited minutes against Phoenix on Sunday because of a strain in his right quadriceps that coach Mark Jackson was "minor."

Curry said he underwent an MRI on Saturday after he felt the quad worsen and stiffen especially while sitting for extended periods in between playing 30 minutes the previous night in a win against Atlanta.

"It's just a matter of making sure it doesn't get worse," Curry said.

"It's tolerable. It's just the potential for when that muscle fatigues for other things to kind of creep up, and that's what we're trying to avoid."

Curry said he first felt the strain Wednesday at Boston, causing him to leave the game in the third quarter because of what the team called right leg soreness at the time.

"His minutes will be limited as far as he won't play 48 minutes, but we will keep an eye on him," Jackson said. "He'll play, get treatment and get rest. We'll play it by ear game to game.

"He can play. There's nothing that says, 'OK, not playing is going to speed up the process of getting better.'"

Curry is expected to start on defense against Suns leading scorer Goran Dragic, who is averaging 20.5 points per game and scored 34 last month in Phoenix's win against Golden State.

Klay Thompson (lower back strain), Curry's backcourt mate, is also in the lineup after having gone through shootaround without incident.

The Warriors also recalled guard Nemanja Nedovic from Santa Cruz after he played two games having recovered from various injuries, and he's available off the bench if needed.


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