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After an inconsistent regular season, the Golden State Warriors are 5-1 in these N.B.A. playoffs, erasing any doubts about their worthiness as a legitimate title contender. Now, as they appear to be hitting their stride, the defending champions are getting the most dangerous shooter in N.B.A. history back from a 38-day absence.
Stephen Curry, a two-time winner of the league’s Most Valuable Player Award, has been out since March 23 with a sprained medial collateral ligament in his left knee, but Golden State confirmed that he’ll be available for Game 2 of the semifinal series against the New Orleans Pelicans.
“He’s feeling good. I’d be very surprised if he didn’t play,” Kerr had told reporters on Monday, while officially listing the guard’s status as probable.
Kerr said there was no consideration of delaying Curry’s return or limiting his minutes once he was medically cleared to return.
“The only factor in terms of allowing him to play is his health,” Kerr said. “And he’s ready to go. So now it’s a question of rhythm and how much time we give him. He needs to get his rhythm back.”
Curry, who turned 30 in March, averaged 26.4 points, 6.1 assists and 5.1 rebounds a game this season, while shooting 49.5 percent from the field and 42.3 percent from 3-point range. His career mark of 43.6 percent from 3-point range is the best in N.B.A. history among players with 2,000 or more career attempts.