The Golden State Warriors haven’t looked the least bit desperate for Stephen Curry to come back in the playoffs, but his return will nonetheless be a welcomed boost for a team that can still take it to another level.
After being sidelined with a sprained knee since March 23, Curry is expected to play in Game 2 against the New Orleans Pelicans on Tuesday.
The Warriors have so far not needed Curry as they wrapped up their first round match-up against San Antonio in five games before blowing out New Orleans by 22 points in the opener of the conference semi-finals.
But with a potential heavyweight bout against the Houston Rockets looming in the next round, Golden State may have no more than three more games to get into rhythm with their full squad before meeting the West’s top seed.
I asked Steve Kerr if this victory at all affects the Warriors' decision about Steph Curry for Game 2. "No," Kerr said. "He's going to play. He's going to play, barring a setback in the next couple of days."— Tim Kawakami (@timkawakami) April 29, 2018
Curry, however, isn’t planning on forcing anything when he gets back in the lineup.
“If I do get the green light, just play my game,” Curry told The Undefeated. “Do what I do on both ends of the court to help the team. There is nothing special about it. Just try to use my energy as a spark.”
If the Warriors play like they did in Game 1, it won’t matter how rusty or out-of-sync Curry is, at least as far as this series is concerned.
Golden State were unbothered when they clobbered the Pelicans by scoring 76 points in the first half as six players finished with double-digit points.
With Curry back, it’s not just possible, but likely the Warriors can be even better. No player in the league had a better offensive rating or net rating than Curry (120.4, plus-14.7) in the regular season, among players to appear in at least five games.
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