Stephen Curry the reigning MVP of the NBA said he has started light shooting without any movement on his right knee.
The Golden State Warriors star is hoping he can play in scrimmages by the end of this week and perhaps be ready to play in Game 3 of the Warriors best of seven Western Conference semifinals against the Portland Trail Blazers.
During an interview on the sideline of Game 1 on Sunday, in which the Warriors defeated the Trail Blazers, Curry said his chances of returning to play in Game 3 were at this point “pretty good.”
Curry said his chances look good he could play in Game 3 and that he would do everything in his power this week to make that a reality.
Golden State head coach Steve Kerr earlier in the day on Sunday said that the odds his reigning MVP would play during Game 2 at the Oracle Arena on Tuesday are very slim.
Kerr added that it depended up on how the week goes, when he was asked about Curry’s status for Golden State in Game 3. Kerr added that he was glad the team had a longer than one day break between Game 2 and Game 3.
The Warriors play Portland on Tuesday in Game 2, and then travel to Portland for Game 3 on Saturday giving Curry five more full days prior to Game 3.
Curry suffered a sprained MCL in his right knee when slipping on a wet spot just prior to halftime in Golden State’s Game 4 win at Houston during the first round.
On Friday, Curry said he hoped he could shoot within a few days, which he did on Saturday. Curry has to give the knee a test by applying pressure and planting on it during his shooting routine. He will follow that up with scrimmages of 5-on-5 to determine a time frame for his return.
Golden State will take off on Wednesday following Tuesday’s Game 2, which means that Curry might start running the court by Thursday.
After Curry’s MRI last Monday, Bob Myers the Golden State general manager said he thought the team’s high scorer would be out for two weeks, based on how quickly other players have returned after suffering similar injuries.
Curry during his interview on Sunday said he was doing must more in rehab, tying to push his body. He added that he was looking forward to returning to the court in practice to see how his knee feels.
He added that most of the full range of movement was back, but it was still painful.