Stephen Curry hopeful about returning for start of NBA playoffs

Stephen Curry hopeful about returning for start of NBA playoffs

SAN FRANCISCO — Stephen Curry threw down a two-handed slam dunk throughout observe and the Golden State star is optimistic about his probabilities of being on the court docket once more for the Warriors of their playoff opener Saturday towards Denver.

Curry took a key step in his restoration from a sprained ligament in his left foot when he scrimmaged Thursday. If he performs in Sport 1, “for positive I’ll begin,” Curry mentioned.

“I’ve by no means loved observe a lot,” Curry mentioned after an intensive, hours-long exercise. “I see the sunshine on the finish of the tunnel.”

The 2-time MVP participated in three six-minute stretches in full group scrimmaging work then his full particular person capturing routine, too. Sport 2 within the best-of-seven sequence is scheduled for Monday.

Coach Steve Kerr is also hopeful of getting Curry within the opener towards the Nuggets at Chase Middle. Curry’s foot remains to be tender 4 weeks later and he additionally handled a bone bruise that had him in a strolling boot for practically three weeks.

“There’s a confidence that the entire group will get when Steph is enjoying,” Kerr mentioned. “After which I feel there’s a confidence that comes with the continuity and familiarity of teams which were collectively and been by a variety of expertise, playoff experiences collectively.”

Warriors star Stephen Curry, who’s hoping to be able to play in Sport 1, places up a shot throughout observe.AP

It could be the primary time all season the Warriors’ 4 postseason veterans are wholesome and out there — Curry, Draymond Inexperienced, Andre Iguodala and Klay Thompson.

“Steph appeared like himself. He simply offers all people a raise, simply his presence on the court docket,” Thompson mentioned. “Nice to have him on the market.”

The 34-year-old Curry was injured March 16 at dwelling towards Boston and Golden State went 6-6 with out him, although the Warriors discovered their rhythm and received the ultimate 5 regular-season video games.

Curry is assured he can assist the Warriors win even when he’s not fairly at full energy. His rehab mantra has been: “constructive and affected person.” His conditioning offers him the belief that he received’t be a step gradual or winded after a couple of minutes.

“Once you’re coping with an harm you wish to be sure to’re over the limiting components of how you progress, what the ache is like and all that, then you definately fear about the place you’re conditioning smart and rhythm smart and work out how a lot is left to get to 100%,” he mentioned. “Every little thing’s simply been constructive when it comes to getting again on the market and understanding I’ll be able to play every time that point is, I’m hoping it’s Saturday.”

He can lean on his expertise working again from ankle and tailbone accidents in current seasons — and Curry has lengthy proven a knack for with the ability to come again from accidents and instantly return to dominant kind.

“It’s simply who he’s on a human stage, it’s the wealth of experience and confidence constructed over time,” Kerr mentioned.

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