Curry im­presses in G League scrim­mage

Times-Herald (Vallejo) - - SPORTS - By Wes Goldberg

SANTA CRUZ >> War­riors guard Steph Curry suc­cess­fully par­tic­i­pated in his first 5-on-5 scrim­mage on Mon­day with the team’s G League af­fil­i­ate in Santa Cruz, mark­ing an im­por­tant step in his even­tual re­turn from a bro­ken left hand.

“The real thing is get­ting bumped around, the phys­i­cal­ity of the game, set­ting screens, fight­ing over screens, maybe jam­ming that hand on a fall,” Santa Cruz head coach Kris Weems, who was im­pressed with Curry’s con­di­tion­ing, said from Kaiser Per­ma­nente Arena.

“You have to have those things to feel like you’re ready to go, so hope­fully we gave him that. … Whenever they deem him ready to play, he’ll be ready to go.”

Though Curry had tar­geted Sun­day’s game against the Wizards as his hope­ful re­turn date, the War­riors wanted him to par­tic­i­pate in a full scrim­mage that would more closely re­sem­ble the game ac­tion that awaits him af­ter a four-month ab­sence. The 31-year-old guard suf­fered a bro­ken bone in his left hand against Phoenix on Oct. 30.

In the three-quar­ter scrim­mage, Curry, on the blue team coached by Weems, lost by one point to the white team led by

for­ward Jonathon Sim­mons.

It was Sim­mons who de­fended Curry on a po­ten­tial game-win­ning, midrange jumper. Af­ter­ward, Curry stayed on the court and went through shoot­ing

drills for 90 min­utes.

Curry will not travel with Golden State for Tues­day’s game in Den­ver, but could re­turn as early as Thurs­day against the Rap­tors at Chase

Cen­ter. That would pro­vide up to 20 games for Curry to test his nerve-dam­aged left hand and build some chem­istry with his new team­mates be­fore an ex­tended off­sea­son.


Golden State War­riors point guard Stephen Curry takes a shot dur­ing prac­tice at Kaiser Per­ma­nente Arena in Santa Cruz on Mon­day.

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