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Golden State Warriors star Stephen Curry cleared to participate in full team practices

Curry is making good progress and hopes to return later this week

After losing their fourth All-Star to injury on Monday night, the Golden State Warriors may get at least one back in the mix later this week.

The team announced on Tuesday that Curry is “making good progress and, as a result, he has been cleared to participate in full team practice beginning tomorrow, with the goal of returning to play later this week.”

On Monday night, ESPN’s Chris Haynes and Ramona Shelburne reported that Curry could return from a sprained right ankle as soon as Friday vs. Atlanta (10:30 ET, NBA League Pass). He has missed the last six games due to the injury, a span in which Golden State has gone just 2-4.

Curry’s return would likely precede that of fellow All-Stars Kevin Durant (ribs) and Klay Thompson (thumb), who have also been out of the lineup. Draymond Green exited Monday night’s loss to San Antonio with a pelvic contusion.

The Warriors are a sparkling 40-10 with Curry this season, and would likely need him if they have any hope of catching the first-place Houston Rockets out West. Golden State has been the top team in their conference in each of the last three seasons. The two-time Kia Most Valauble Player is averaging 26.3 points, 6.2 assists and 5.1 rebounds per game for the Warriors (53-18) this season.

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