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OAKLAND – The rising tide is reflected when Warriors fans get up as soon as Stephen Curry shoots from a distance. This time, the feeling comes not only from Curry, who may make a dramatic 3-pointer. It also follows Curry's imminent return.
After Curry had a grade 2 MCL sprain in his left knee for the past 5 ½ weeks, Warriors coach Steve Kerr said "I fully expect him to play Tuesday night for Game 2". The two-part series of the Warriors vs. the New Orleans Pelicans at the Oracle Arena.
The Warriors have not decided technically whether Curry will return for Game 2 to help the Warriors extend their 1
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However, Curry will wear a # 30 jersey on Tuesday after sitting down on the court either in the coach room or on the bench for the last 10 regular season games and six postseason contests , This raises only one question: what version of curry will the warriors see?
"When I come back, I came back pretty strong and felt like I was touching the ground," Curry said. "Whatever the time, I feel like I'm expecting the same."
Nearly a month ago, Kerr admitted, "I have no expectations," because of the ambiguity in Curry's rehab treatment. Since then, the Warriors have liked how Curry made progress by increasing his workload, which included elliptical bicycle exercises, target practice, running and resistance band stretching. Still, the Warriors are still considering what Curry will do for his expected return to Game 2.
"There could be a minute limit, which we will notice on Tuesday," Kerr said. "Anything is possible, if there's a minute limit, we may think about getting it off the bank for timing purposes, but it's hard to say at this point."
What's easier to say: the Warriors and the NBA expect Curry to show more of what he normally can do.
"I expect it's Steph Curry," said Dennis Scott, a former NBA player and Turner Sports NBA analyst. "I expect him to be aggressive, I expect him to take the same shots he always made, there's no integration, he's Steph Curry."
And because he's Steph Curry, he's often returned, without showing any lasting effects from his previous injuries.
After losing 11 games in December because of a sprained right ankle, Curry scored 38 points shooting range 13 out of 17 out of the field and 10 out of 13 points out of 3 points against Memphis on December 30. After missing out on four knee-jerk MCL spine playoff games in 2016, Curry scored 40 points in the 37th minute in the Warriors & # 39; Game 6 overweight victory over Portland in the 2016 Western Conference semi-finals. Curry then made five of his last six 3-pointers and scored 17 points in overtime after missing his first nine 3-point attempts.
"It was almost like a switch broken for him, nothing more is needed," Kerr said. "For me, when I was a player, it would have taken me three or four games to find a rhythm to feel confident, and it took Steph half a second."
Curry might have come back to the NBA -Playoffs 2016 no redness experienced. But he still had complications with his right knee injury. Although Kerr emphasized that Curry never complained about the disease, Kerr admitted that Curry received a treatment on his right knee during the leg, which ended in a 3-1 win over the USA in the NBA Finals.
Curry missed a total of 19 games this season for repeated injuries to his right ankle.
Still, Curry emphasized, "I know how I came back the last time and knew what I should do and what I should do to give it to me. The best shot to get back to 100 percent."
"Injuries are part of the game and you can not eliminate them," Curry said. "For me, I can do anything to make my body strong, to be permanent and to play at a high level, that's all I can control."
Another thing Curry can control: how he gets his recovery overcome.
Because Curry had no structural damage to his left knee, Curry burned his puffiness and then tightened the muscles around his knees. After Curry first suspended three weeks, he went conservatively to cycling, running and shooting practice. Dr. Alexis Colvin, an orthopedic sports medicine surgeon at Mount Sinai Hospital, said athletes generally do not experience any residual effects from a Grade 2 MCL sprain after staying between four and six weeks.
"Usually, once it's cured, it's cured," said Colvin, who has not seen Currys medical results. "I would expect him to recover quickly."
Those in NBA circles said they expect the same.
"His timing will be a little different, but Steph is such an incredible athlete and incredible guy," said Pelican coach Alvin Gentry, a former Warriors assistant (2014-15). "He has such a focus when he plays, and the way he plays makes his game so much easier to sit outside and come back in. He's not going to be a guy banging and doing a lot of stuff. His play is based on movement and cuts. "
Curry's play is also based on baskets. And after returning to the past week, Warriors striker Kevin Durant saw Curry shoot many of his shots into the net. Durant also noted that Curry has never allowed injury to inhibit his aggressiveness.
"It's about keeping the stamina and catching up," said Durant. "You can not really feel that until you play in a game, but with his shooting and driving skills, I expect him to be in full force on his return."
This moment will pass on Tuesday. Then Curry will probably ask the Warriors fans once again to get up with each shot.
"That's the beauty of the fight and the journey," said Durant. "Hopefully his rehab journey ends with him playing on the pitch and playing extremely well for us."