There was hope last weekend that Golden State Warriors guard and former Kia MVP winner Stephen Curry would get back in the mix. That was dashed by the Warriors on Saturday, though, when they announced Curry was on schedule to return sometime in March.
While no definite return date has been set for Curry, Warriors coach Steve Kerr told reporters Tuesday that Curry could be back as soon as Thursday. The Warriors host the Toronto Raptors that night (10:30 ET, TNT) in a rematch of the teams in the 2019 Finals.
Curry practiced with the Warriors’ G League affiliate, the Santa Cruz Warriors, on Monday before returning to the parent club. Per the Warriors’ release last weekend, Curry has been participating in full scrimmages with the Warriors of late.
“I heard everything (in Santa Cruz) went well,” Kerr said. “I’m happy that he got a really good scrimmage in. The physicality was the main thing for him — to go up and down and feel the screens, the bumps, the bruises … all that stuff. I haven’t talked with Steph yet, but talking with [Warriors director of sports medicine Dr.] Rick [Celebrini], everything went really well and so it’s all good signs.
“Thursday is definitely a possibility.”
Kerr said Celebrini will have to give Curry the go-ahead to play and that he, Celebrini and Curry will get together on Wednesday to “determine what the next step is.”
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Practically from the outset of his injury, Curry often said he intended to return this season even though Golden State is 13-48 and the worst team in the NBA. Curry has played only four games this season, falling on his hand Oct. 30 against the Suns. He averaged 20.3 points, 5.0 rebounds and 6.5 assists as Golden State went 1-3 with him in the lineup.
Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.