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Stephen Curry hopes to return for start of NBA playoffs

SAN FRANCISCO — Stephen Curry threw a two-handed slam dunk during practice and the Golden State star is optimistic about his chances of being on the court again for the Warriors in their 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’ve never enjoyed working out so much,” Curry said after an intensive hours-long workout. “I see the light at the end of the tunnel.”

The two-time MVP participated in three six-minute streaks of full team scrimmage 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 had to deal with a bone bruise that kept him in a walking boot for nearly three weeks.

“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.”

Warriors star Stephen Curry, hoping to be ready to play in Game 1, takes a shot during practice.

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 court,” 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 is confident he can help the Warriors win even if he’s not quite complete. His rehabilitation mantra has been: “positive and patient”. His conditioning gives him confidence that he won’t be sluggish or out of breath after a few minutes.

“When you deal with an injury, you want to make sure you get past the limiting factors of how you move, what the pain feels like and all that, and then worry about where you condition yourself wisely and the pace wise and understand how much is left to reach 100 per cent,” he said. is Saturday.”

He can draw on his experience working from ankle and tailbone injuries in recent seasons – and Curry has long shown a knack for being able to come back from injury and immediately return to dominant form.

“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.

New York Post

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