National Basketball Association teams down 0-3 in the playoffs are bound to fail

Ruben Hill
April 22, 2018

Defending champion Golden State, on the brink of sweeping out San Antonio in the first round of the National Basketball Association playoffs, will welcome back Stephen Curry to modified team workouts starting Saturday, April 21.

The Athletic reported Friday (April 20) that Curry is "still not close to playing" as he recovers from a Grade 2 MCL sprain in his left knee in mid-March. He is going to begin participating in portions of practices on Saturday and will be reevaluated again in one week.

"He will be re-evaluated in one week".

If the Warriors-Spurs and/or Pelicans-Trail Blazers series unexpectedly go longer than four games, the second-round could begin as late as either April 30 or May 1. That would put Curry at risk of missing the start of the Warriors' second-round series, assuming they're able to close out the Spurs, who they now lead 3-0. There still is an outside chance Curry heals up quicker than expected and is ready for Round 2 no matter what, but the Warriors will surely be extra cautious with their star. The original timeframe for a return had him back on the court in four to six weeks.

Curry will be allowed to take part in modified practices beginning on Sunday (NZ time) and increase his on-court rehabilitation.

Curry averaged 26.4 points, 5.1 rebounds, 6.1 assists and 1.6 steals a game for the Warriors this season, when they finished 58-24, second-best in the Western Conference to Houston and third-best overall in the National Basketball Association, also behind Eastern Conference pace-setter Toronto.

Curry averaged 26.4 points, 5.1 rebounds and 6.1 assists in 32.0 minutes per contest this season. The intensity level will gradually grow for the two-time MVP.

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