Golden State Warriors head coach Steve Kerr stated that there is a probability that Stephen Curry will not be playing against the Portland Trail Blazers in Game 3 of the Western Conference semifinals.
Curry has not yet been fully recovered with his injury but Kerr said that the reigning MVP is getting better each day. However, he did not give any specific time on when will Curry be back on court.
Golden State Warriors general manager Bob Myers and coach Steve Kerr believed that Curry should first undergo a 3-on-3 or 5-on-5 practice before he proceeds in joining the team’s battle in the playoffs. They added that it would be safe for Curry and the whole team to see him in good condition and back on his rhythm before engaging to a real game.
‘That’s what we did in Houston with the ankle. He wanted to play but he hadn’t practiced,” Kerr said via Yahoo Sports.
”We gave him two straight days of three-on-three, five-on-five, and he felt pretty good. So that’s why he started out Game 4. We probably need to get through that process. We need to see him in rhythm, cutting, moving and see how he responds the next day as well.”
The Warriors managed to lead the series, 2-0, against the Portland Trail Blazers even without the reigning MVP. Knowing that they are doing good in the semifinals, it will give more time for Curry to gain his full strength since they will be facing tougher teams once they enter the Western Conference finals and eventually the NBA Finals.
Though the Warriors managed to win in past two games, it does not necessarily mean that they are already taking control of the series. Their last two games were not an easy win for the team since they only manage to bounce back in the remaining minutes of the game. The Trail Blazers are still a dangerous team to face and the Warriors should make extra efforts to fill up the big hole left by Stephen Curry on their team.
The Portland Trail Blazers will surely be more eager to make a comeback in their playoff series against the Warriors and Game 3 will be expected to be a more intense face off than the past two games.
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