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SAN ANTONIO — Warriors guard Stephen Curry may return as early as the start of the Western Conference semifinals, however that hinges on two variables.
When does the Western Conference semifinals begin? How nicely does Curry progress his rehab on his Grade 2 MCL sprain in his left knee?
The Warriors could have extra readability on each of these questions inside the subsequent week. The Warriors cleared Curry on Friday to take part in “modified crew practices” starting on Saturday. The Warriors will play Game four of their first-round sequence towards the San Antonio Spurs on Sunday with an opportunity to comb them for the second consecutive yr.
If each the Warriors and New Orleans Pelicans sweep the Spurs and Portland Trail Blazers, respectively, the NBA may transfer up the beginning date of the Western Conference semifinals to April 28 or 29. The Warriors plan to reevaluate Curry on April 27, making it doable he may return simply in time for the Warriors’ second-round playoff sequence.
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Though the Warriors decided that Curry has made “constant, useful progress” since injuring his left knee on March 23, it isn’t but clear when Curry can advance to five-on-five full-court contact drills. But if Curry progresses with the depth of his on-court rehab with none setbacks this week, it’s doable Curry may start collaborating in full practices earlier than the Warriors reevaluate him subsequent Friday.
If the Warriors-Spurs and/or Pelicans-Trail Blazers sequence unexpectedly go longer than 4 video games, the second-round may start as late as both April 30 or May 1. The Pelicans play a probably series-clinching Game four on Saturday towards Portland. If the Trail Blazers battle off elimination, New Orleans and Portland may play Games 5 (Tuesday), 6 (Thursday) and seven (Saturday) The Warriors would have the identical schedule for Games 6 and seven, if the Spurs keep away from elimination. Though these eventualities may give Curry extra time to progress along with his observe routine, it stays to be seen how that may affect each the tempo he will increase his workload and the timing of his return.
Curry has been with the Warriors’ on their five-day journey in San Antonio each to advance along with his rehab and to be with the crew. He has spent the previous week finishing numerous capturing, operating and lateral motion drills. Following practices and shootarounds, Curry has labored on workout routines with an elastic band.