Good news for the Golden State Warriors’ fans. Stephen Curry has not only joined practice, but is set to return very soon. The MVP’s injury earlier jeopardized the Warriors’ run for defending their title.
The MVP himself now is confident of returning in game 3 of the second round playoff series. Speaking to ESPN’s Lisa Salters during Warriors game 1 against Portland Trail Blazers on Sunday, Curry hinted that he is recovering well and is raring to go in the third game of the second round playoff series.
“To me, they’re pretty good,” Curry said during a sideline interview. “I’ll do what I can this week to make it happen.”
The long break between game 2 & game 3 makes Curry more hopeful.
“I’m doing a lot more rehab-wise, trying to test my body out a little bit,” Curry also told Salters. “I’m looking forward to getting back on the court, maybe a practice setting and see how it feels.
“I’ve gotten pretty much my full range of motion back. It’s still painful but for the most part I can get on my feet and try to do basketball activities that will get me back into the playoff atmosphere.”
The reigning MVP, who sustained a grade 1 MCL sprain against the Rockets in the round one playoff series was previously expected to miss two weeks. Curry started shooting practice on Saturday, and hasn’t yet been officially ruled out of game 2 even.
Warriors’ head coach Steve Kerr though pointed out that Curry’s chances of playing in game 2 is “slim”.
“It just depends how his week goes,” Kerr said of Curry’s status for Game 3, as reported by the ESPN. “We’ll just monitor him and see how it goes and hopefully get him back at some point. It’s nice to have that long break between 2 and 3.”
Shaun Livingston has featured as the point-guard in the Warriors starting line-up in the absence of the MVP.
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