Curry working flat out to boost Warriors NBA title bid
NBA’s golden boy is happy to even be in contention for return
Stephen Curry is having work done on his injured right knee about three times a day, spending four to five hours at the Golden State Warriors’ practice facility to try to get back on the court for the defending NBA champions as soon as possible.
And, if there’s any chance he can pull it off, that will be ahead of the initial two-week timeline Golden State general manager Bob Myers guessed. It’s the play-offs, and the reigning MVP realises he probably won’t be fully 100 per cent when he returns.
“I always have an optimistic view, no matter what it is,” said Curry. “I hope to get back sooner.
“Having talked to the doctors and athletic training staff, all the experts, that two-week timeline, as Bob said, was an educated guess on cases, other situations on guys that hurt the same thing I did and the kind of recovery time they had.
“Everybody heals differently, whether it’s before two weeks, after two weeks, right at two weeks, the plan is to stay the same. Every day I’m getting treatment, every day I’m trying to do what I need to do to get back on the floor. When the body says it’s time, then we’ll push that button.”
He’s not ready yet to test the knee by shooting but expected to take that step in the coming days as long as he continues to improve. Curry began riding the stationary bike on Thursday.
Curry considers himself very fortunate he didn’t seriously damage the knee structurally when he slipped on a wet spot right before half-time of last Sunday’s game four win at Houston. The Warriors eliminated the Rockets in game five on Wednesday. An MRI exam on Monday revealed a grade one sprain of his MCL. Curry is expected to be sidelined for approximately two weeks, which would be at least the first three games of the second round. The Warriors will host Portland tonight (11.30pm UAE) to start the best-of-seven series. The Trail Blazers beat the injury-plagued Clippers in game six on Friday.
“I just feel really blessed to have gotten out of that situation with only an MCL sprain,” added Curry.
“That could have been 10 times worse. I had some angels protecting me and keeping me light on my feet so I didn’t put all that jerk and pressure on my knee and something catastrophic happened. That’s why I’ve been real optimistic knowing I’ll be back on the floor and joining my teammates soon.”