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Curry expected back to practice, could return to face Raptors

From NBA media reports

Golden State Warriors star Stephen Curry is expected to participate in practice on Tuesday with no restrictions in advance of a possible return to action Thursday against the Eastern Conference-leading Toronto Raptors (8 ET, TNT), coach Steve Kerr told the media on Monday.

Curry has missed the Warriors’ past 10 games, including Monday’s outing against the Magic, with a left groin strain.

Per Mark Medina of The Mercury News, Kerr said Curry “looked good” in a closed scrimmage after Monday’s shootaround against a handful of young players and assistant coaches, a group that included Willie Green.

“Totally dominated the film crew,” Kerr jokingly said Monday. “Willie put up a pretty good fight. But he’s a couple of years past his prime, too. All in all, it was a successful venture. He’s just trying to get his rhythm and conditioning down. He’s doing well.”

Medina reports the Warriors may have to wait longer for another All-Star, forward Draymond Green, to return. Kerr said both are “day-to-day” as both Green and reserve Alfonzo McKinnie have yet to participate in a full practice.

“He needs to be on the court for at least a couple of days before he’s ready to play,” Kerr told The Mercury News of Green. “That hasn’t happened yet. We’re hoping on this trip that he’ll be ready to go.”

The Warriors have gone 5-5 since Curry went down with his injury on Nov. 9, but have won three straight games after last night’s 116-110 victory against the Orlando Magic. Golden State will have a five-game road trip that includes a stop in Toronto (Thursday), Detroit (Saturday), Atlanta (Dec. 3), Cleveland (Dec. 5) and Milwaukee (Dec. 7).

The two-time Kia MVP Curry is averaging 29.5 points and 5.2 3-pointers per game for the Warriors.

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