Curry work­ing flat out to boost War­riors NBA ti­tle bid

NBA’s golden boy is happy to even be in con­tention for re­turn

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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.”

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