Stephen Curry, the reigning league MVP, is active and will play Game 4 of the Western Conference semifinals against the Portland Trailblazers tonight, as confirmed by Golden State Warriors coach Steve Kerr.
Curry will return to action for the first team since spraining his MCL in Game 4 of the first round series against Houston Rockets two weeks ago. Earlier today, Kerr said after a practice session that Curry hadn’t been cleared to return despite moving fluidly around the court.
Moments later, Kerr announced that Curry would return and start the game.
Curry went from “doubtful” to “questionable” in a matter of 24 hours before clearing all routine medical tests without any hiccups. Kerr said he cleared Curry’s return after talking to the training staff and GM. “Talking with Steph, talking with our medical people, and talking with (Warriors general manager) Bob (Myers). That was the process.”
Stephen Curry on no minutes restriction
When asked if Curry would be under a minutes restriction, seeing as he will be returning after two weeks, Kerr said: “He’s not really under a minutes restrictions from the training staff. It’s more about what he can handle conditioning-wise. So we’ll see what that means. We really have to kind of do it on the fly. And I would kind of guess that he would play in shorter bursts, but if he’s rolling, then we’ll probably let him go for a little while.”
Kerr said that Curry did not force his hand to play Game 4 after the Warriors lost Game 3 in Portland few nights ago. “There was no campaigning,” Kerr said. “We’ve been talking every day, so it’s just a matter of today being the day that looks like he’s ready to go. But, again, we’ll see how he comes out of his pregame workout and go from there.”
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