Stephen Curry, the reigning league MVP, is expected to begin testing his injured knee on the court next week, according to sources close to the Golden State Warriors superstar.
With the Warriors to face either Portland Trailblazers or a depleted Los Angeles Clippers squad in the conference semifinals starting next week, many experts reckon that Curry could be allowed to heal until a potential conference final match-up against San Antonio Spurs or Oklahoma City Thunder.
According to the initial diagnosis, Curry will be re-evaluated after two weeks of rehabilitation. Going by that timetable, the point guard should be ready for action by Game 4 or Game 5 of the second round series against the Blazers or Clippers. However, Curry might not participate in that series if his teammates take care of business and advance to the next round, as is widely expected.
Stephen Curry healing quickly…
Marc Spears of ESPN’s The Undefeated reported Thursday that Curry is healing faster than expected. “Warriors guard Stephen Curry is starting to feel better and is expected to begin testing his knee on the court next week, a source said,” Spears tweeted from Oakland, where is he is covering the NBA champions.
The Warriors don’t have great odds to beat Spurs or Thunder without Curry. Therefore, it’s imperative that their leader returns within the next two weeks to help them repeat as NBA champions. Also, the Warriors would benefit from the Spurs-Thunder series going to 7 games, essentially giving Curry more time to heal up and prepare for the greatest challenge of his career.
Draymond to Curry: ‘Take your time’
Earlier on Thursday, Warriors forward Draymond Green told The Undefeated that the team wasn’t planning to rush Curry back. “I have hope that he can come back before two weeks, but it is not something you should rush. That is a ligament in your knee. When he is able to get out there, I know he will get out there. Until then, we got to hold it down,” said the ‘Heart and Soul’ of the Warriors.
Green also emphasized that his team was capable of beating the Blazers or Clippers without Curry. “Our confidence level is still high without Steph. We are a very confident team. We know what we’re capable of. Obviously, it’s different with Steph out there. We’re not going to be more confident as a team without Steph, but we are still a very, very confident team.”
Stay tuned to this space for the latest injury updates on Stephen Curry.
Warriors guard Stephen Curry is starting to feel better and is expected to begin testing his knee on the court next week, a source said.
— Marc J. Spears (@MarcJSpearsESPN) April 28, 2016