Guard Stephen Curry skips practice, hopes for quick recovery from left ankle sprain

Stephen Curry is eager to overcome an ankle injury, hopeful it won't impact his chances of making the U.S. roster for the world championship.

Curry didn't practice Thursday after suffering a mild sprain to his left ankle a day earlier. The U.S. team said Curry's recovery was "progressing" but he remained day to day.

With one player still to be cut from the 13-man squad — and most likely a guard — Curry looked slightly anxious after watching his teammates practice.

"It hurts. To miss a great practice like this with the scrimmaging and all — it's never great to have an injury, especially in a pressure situation like this," Curry said at the Magic Box center on the outskirts of the Spanish capital. "I just have to make sure I get back this weekend."

The U.S. plays Lithuania on Saturday and defending world champion Spain on Sunday as part of it's warmup for the Aug. 28- Sept. 12 tournament in Turkey.

Curry was on the court shooting free throws and 3-pointers while the team stretched out after playing a scrimmage. Curry wore flip-flops with a lone bandage over his ankle. He said he was already feeling better.

"The way it felt yesterday compared to today, I know I'm doing good," said the 22-year-old Golden State player.

Coach Mike Krzyzewski said he would cut one player after the team's final exhibition match against Greece next week.