Stephen Curry, the Golden State Warriors superstar, is unlikely for Game 4 of the Western Conference semifinals against the Portland Trailblazers on Monday, despite making rapid strides towards recovery, according to coach Steve Kerr.
Prior to Saturday’s Game 4 defeat in Portland, Curry participated in a light practice session of two-on-two with a trio of Warriors player and assistant coaches at the Moda Center. On Sunday, Curry took it up a notch in 3-on-3 action besides a variety of skill exercises.
Despite Curry’s positive progression, Kerr and the team management are not ready to risk their MVP at this critical juncture of the postseason. “I would just say he’s doubtful for tomorrow (Monday) but slowly and surely making progress,” Kerr told reporters after Sunday’s scrimmages. (Watch Video Above)
Stephen Curry lacks conditioning…
According to Kerr, Curry needs to work on his conditioning to eliminate any chances of rust at the time of his comeback. “He looked about like he looked yesterday (Saturday), in terms of movement. Conditioning is going to be an issue, but hopefully he can get more and more work in, and we’ll see how comes up tomorrow, in terms of a night of sleep coming off the workout.”
Curry, set to win his second consecutive MVP award, has missed more than two weeks of action in the playoffs after spraining his right MCL during Game 4 of the first round series against Houston Rockets. After the initial diagnosis, Curry was expected to be revaluated right about now.
Latest Update: According to ESPN, “Curry will go through the team’s shootaround Monday morning, after which his status will be reevaluated.”
Earlier this week, Curry was confident about playing Game 3 of the ongoing series against Portland. However, Kerr & Co. have exercised caution while easing Curry into on-court drills. “The trainers would have to tell me he’s good to go. Steph would have to say he’s good to go. And then we would have to figure out a plan from there,” Kerr said when asked about the final call on Curry’s status.
Top-notch medical staff…
Kerr is confident that his medical staff will ensure that a 100% healthy Curry would return to the court soon. “You trust the medical staff in terms of, ‘Is there potential for more damage’? Then you trust the player with how he’s feeling. Steph has been, even when he’s lobbied like in the Houston series when he hurt his ankle, he would lobby and then admit, ‘No, it’s probably not right.’ I know I’d get a truthful answer from Steph. He’s not going to try to be a hero, and we’ll make the reasonable decision based on all the information.”
Stay tuned for the latest injury updates on Stephen Curry.