When Stephen Curry didn't practice with the rest of the Warriors on Thursday, head coach Steve Kerr told the media that he likely wouldn't be playing in Game 3 on Saturday. It has now been confirmed.

“He's not going to play,” Kerr said on the Dan Patrick Show on Friday.

Golden State was just fine without him in Game 1, but they needed a late surge to overtake the Blazers in Game 2 and run their series lead up to 2-0.

There still remains hope for Curry's presence after that, as Kerr added, “Maybe a slight chance for Monday (Game 4).”

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Earlier this week, both Curry and Warriors GM Bob Myers were confident that Steph would be able to return for Game 3, and Game 4 at the latest. However, rushing him back to the floor is not an option for Kerr.

While they haven't dominated their playoff foes on a consistent basis, the Warriors are still 6-1 against Houston and Portland so far. They're likely going to advance to the Western Conference Finals, where it will be much more crucial to have a healthy Curry against the San Antonio Spurs or the Oklahoma City Thunder.

The next step is simply getting the reigning MVP back on the practice floor.

“He's getting better every day,” Kerr said. “But until he's out on the floor with our team and he's scrimmaging and we're seeing him move and our trainers say it's a go, we'll just keep doing what we're doing.”

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