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NBA Playoffs: Will the Warriors Stephen Curry be ready for Game 1 against the Nuggets? Here’s what the MVP thinks

SAN FRANCISCO — Stephen Curry threw a two-handed slam dunk during practice, then said he was optimistic about his chances of being on the court again for Golden State’s playoff opener Saturday against Denver.

Curry took a key step in his recovery from a sprained ligament in his left foot when he got involved on Thursday. If he plays in Game 1, “I’ll definitely start,” Curry said.

“I see the light at the end of the tunnel,” Curry said after an intensive hours-long workout.

The defending scoring champion took part in three six-minute streaks of full team scrum work and then his full individual shooting routine as well. Game 2 of the best-of-seven series is scheduled for Monday.

Coach Steve Kerr is also hoping to have Curry in the opener against the Nuggets at Chase Center. Curry’s foot is still sore four weeks later and he also suffered a bone bruise which caused him to wear a walking boot.

“There’s a confidence that the whole team gets when Steph plays,” Kerr said. “And then I think there’s a trust that comes with the continuity and the familiarity of groups that have been together and had a lot of experience, playoff experiences together.”

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It would be the first time all season that all four Warriors playoff veterans have been healthy and available – Curry, Draymond Green, Andre Iguodala and Klay Thompson.

“Steph looked like himself. He just gives everyone a lift, just his presence on the pitch,” Thompson said. “Great to have him there.”

Curry, 34, was injured March 16 at home against Boston and Golden State went 6-6 without him, though the Warriors found their groove and won the final five games of the regular season.

Curry has long shown a knack for being able to come back from injuries and return to his dominant form immediately.

“It’s just who he is on a human level, it’s the wealth of expertise and trust he’s built over time,” Kerr said.

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