Report: Warriors’ Stephen Curry expected back for 2nd round of playoffs
Golden State Warriors point guard Stephen Curry is expected to return at some point during the Western Conference Semifinals after undergoing his three-week evaluation, according to Shams Charania of The Vertical.
Curry has missed the last 10 games of the season after sustaining a Grade 2 MCL sprain after center JaVale McGee accidentally landed on his knee, making it a second straight injury in a lapse of eight games.
The former MVP only played in 51 games this season after a notable five-year run of playing 78 or more games.
His return will have much to do with his ability to handle non-contact workouts to test the strength of the knee, lateral movement, and elasticity — three major aspects to nail down before he’s cleared for a full-contact practice.
Golden State will face the San Antonio Spurs in the first round, both short of their biggest star, as Kawhi Leonard has yet to indicate a potential return.
A healthy Curry will provide a massive scoring punch, as well as opening up opportunities for others — leading the team with 26.4 points per game while shooting a blistering 49.5 percent from the floor, 42.3 percent from deep, and a league-leading 92.1 percent from the foul line, edging the likes of Chris Paul and Damian Lillard.