Stephen Curry listed as questionable for Game 1 vs. Pelicans
After the Golden State Warriors defeated the San Antonio Spurs in five games to begin the 2018 NBA playoffs, they are currently preparing for the New Orleans Pelicans. When Stephen Curry initially suffered a knee injury on Mar. 23 against the Atlanta Hawks, there were reports of him potentially returning during the second round.
Before Game 1 on Apr. 28, Curry went through his first full practice and is listed as questionable according to Chris Haynes of ESPN:
Stephen Curry went through his first full practice today and is listed as questionable for Game 1 on Saturday against New Orleans.
— Chris Haynes (@ChrisBHaynes) April 26, 2018
With two days before the start of the second round, the question now becomes if Curry will be in the team’s starting lineup for Game 1. While Andre Iguodala was their starting point guard as Shaun Livingston and Quinn Cook came off the bench for head coach Steve Kerr, the thought process has been Golden State truly just needs Curry to get past the Houston Rockets in the Western Conference Finals should they ultimately meet.
However, the defending champions cannot look past the Pelicans. In their first round series against the Portland Trail Blazers, the Pelicans shockingly swept them led by Anthony Davis, Jrue Holiday, and Rajon Rondo. Although the Warriors have the clear talent advantage with or without Curry, the Pelicans are playing their best basketball of the 2017-18 NBA season and head coach Alvin Gentry served as Golden State’s associate head coach during the 2014-15 season.