Stephen Curry won't be in the lineup for the Golden State Warriors when the playoffs begin this weekend. That's something coach Steve Kerr made clear two weeks ago after Curry suffered his Grade 2 MCL sprain of his left knee. If the Warriors hope to advance to a fourth straight NBA Finals (and win a second straight NBA title), though, they'll need Curry to help bear that burden.
During last night's 117-100 romp against the Phoenix Suns, Curry joined the Warriors' broadcast team mid-game to provide an update on how his rehab work from his Grade 2 MCL sprain is going. The injury, which Curry suffered on March 23, has kept him out of the lineup since then. However, Curry is happy with the progress he's seen in his injury since suffering it.
Logan Murdock of The Mercury News has more from Curry's chat during last night's game:
“I haven’t had any setbacks,” Curry said. “So that’s the positive, every day has been something good, advancing the rehab process. I’m looking forward to making more progress as we get towards the playoffs.”
Curry, who is slated to be re-evaluated next weekend, was seen getting up shots prior to Sunday’s game in Phoenix. While he didn’t give a specific return date, he did signal progress in his rehab process.
“It’s been an interesting two weeks so far,” Curry said during the 20-minute interview. “Just trying to get some rhythm, some strength back, some flexibility, range of motion, all that type of stuff."
While Curry is expected to be re-evaluated next week, coach Kerr has ruled out his availability for the first round of the playoffs. When Curry does return, it’ll be to one of the deepest Western Conference races in recent memory. Aside from the Houston Rockets, who clinched the number one in the West, five teams: the Utah Jazz, New Orleans Pelicans, San Antonio Spurs, Oklahoma City Thunder, Minnesota Timberwolves or Denver Nuggets.
Still, Curry believes in the team’s chances to win their third title in four years.
“At the end of the day, we know what it takes,” Curry said. “We’re a championship team, a championship pedigree.”
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