Stephen Curry Listed as Questionable for Game 1 vs. Pelicans
Reports have been quite conflicting on the Stephen Curry front, but one thing is for certain – the former two-time League Most Valuable Player will be making his long-awaited return in the conference semifinals.
It can even happen tonight.
The Golden State Warriors are set to open their second round series against the New Orleans Pelicans after making quick work of the San Antonio Spurs. Curry, who has been out since March 23 with a lower body injury, was able to go through his first five-on-five scrimmage on Friday.
”Still to be determined,” Curry said. ”They come up with those snazzy words for a reason – doubtful, questionable, probable. I’ve learned a lot about what those words mean this year. Just trying to work my way up, do what I need to do, do whatever Chelsea (Lane) and the rest of the athletic training staff and coach needs to see to get me back out there. That’s the only thing I can really focus on right now. It is good to be back actually playing basketball and doing basketball things.”
Head Coach Steve Kerr was not ready to make anything official on Friday night and said a final call will be made following Saturday morning shoot-around.
”A big part of this is how he turns up tomorrow after a night’s rest,” Kerr said. ”It’s the first time he’s scrimmaged in six weeks, five weeks, whatever it is. It’s not as simple as he feels good, throw him out there. It’s more about give him a few days, see how he responds from there.”
Itching to return to the floor to assist his team win playoff games, Curry knows it is only a matter of time now.
”The priority for us is to be the best team we can be,” he said. ”When I’m 100 percent healthy and doing what I need to do I obviously try to lead that charge but right now the conversations become how can you manage those minutes and still be productive and still have a cohesive lineup and flow to the game and all that type of stuff. That’s what Coach has to think through.”
The Warriors and Pelicans open up the second round of the 2018 postseason tonight immediately following Game 7 between the Boston Celtics and Milwaukee Bucks.