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Warriors refute report suggesting Stephen Curry is unlikely to return this season

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The Golden State Warriors strongly refuted an earlier report by Bleacher Report’s Ric Bucher stating that Stephen Curry is unlikely to return this season.

Bucher’s story pointed to Curry’s hand fracture being “worse than originally thought,” but that is being disputed:

“That’s complete hogwash,” a team source told Connor Letourneau of the San Francisco Chronicle. “Like we’ve said, he’s going to get re-evaluated in three months, and we’ll go from there. There’s no reason to believe right now that he can’t play this season.”

Curry, who underwent surgery last Friday at the Cedars-Sinai Kerlan-Jobe Institute in Los Angeles, won’t be re-evaluated until Feb. 1 — the three-month mark of his initial prognosis. The two-time MVP is slated to miss another 41 games, adding to the four he has already missed with the injury.

The Warriors have gone 1-3 in his absence, with no signs of that improving after Draymond Green went down to a finger injury the following game and D’Angelo Russell also sitting out the last three games with an injury to his right ankle.

Curry struggled during his four games, averaging 20.3 points on an uncharacteristic 40.9% from the floor and 24.3% from deep. The All-Star floor general has shot 40% or better from deep in each of his first 10 seasons in the league, a streak that appears to be in some danger.

Backcourt partner Klay Thompson is also expected to return around February from a torn ACL suffered in Game 6 of the NBA Finals, though head coach Steve Kerr hinted prior to the season that the sharpshooter could require the entire 2019-20 season to fully heal.