Stephen Curry, the Golden State Warriors superstar, won’t be taking part in Game 3 of the Western Conference semifinals against Portland Trailblazers on Saturday, according to coach Steve Kerr.
After spraining his MCL during Game 4 (April 24) of the first round series against Houston Rockets, Curry was expected to be re-evaluated in roughly two weeks. This coming weekend would mark two weeks but it seems like Curry could get an extended rest, seeing as his team has excelled despite his absence.
Stephen Curry still not scrimmaging…
On Thursday, Curry was on the court during a Warriors practice session but could not do any of the scrimmaging that the coaches and medical staff need to witness before clearing him for a comeback. “It’s tough to see him playing Saturday. (Even though) He’s gotten better and better each day,” coach Kerr said before his team’s departure to Portland for Games 3 and 4 of the series.
When asked about Curry’s status for Game 4 on Monday, Kerr said that he didn’t want to rush his superstar point guard. “Everything has gone very smoothly. He hasn’t had any setbacks. He’s ramping up things in the weight room,” said the 2015-16 NBA Coach of the Year.
Doing two-on-two work…
According to ESPN, Curry has been doing some “two-on-two work with coaches Luke Walton, Jarron Collins and Theo Robertson” during match days but isn’t yet ready for five-on-five full court action.
Kerr said he’d like to see Curry participate in a bunch of practice sessions before considering him game-ready. “That’s what we did in Houston with the ankle. He wanted to play but he hadn’t practiced. We gave him two straight days of three-on-three, five-on-five, and he felt pretty good. So that’s why he started out Game 4. We probably need to get through that process. We need to see him in rhythm, cutting, moving and see how he responds the next day as well.”
Stephen Curry played Game 4 of that series against Houston after missing Games 2 and 3 due to an ankle injury. As fate would have it, Curry slipped on a wet spot just before halftime to suffer a new setback. The Warriors have been running though the postseason without their MVP.