Anybody who had some doubts or concerns about the Warriors coming into their 2nd round match-up with the red-hot Pelicans were reminded by the 2nd quarter of Game 1 that these are still the Warriors and the team with the highest ceiling in the NBA without question.
Now after a decisive Game 1 win and a 1-0 lead in the series, their two-time MVP may officially return to the court for Game 2 on Tuesday night.
Here is Steve Kerr on Curry’s status:
Full Steph Curry update from Steve Kerr pic.twitter.com/UpvUtyW3mt
— Anthony Slater (@anthonyVslater) April 30, 2018
Curry has been out since March 23 with an MCL sprain and has been practicing with the team over the past week.
As good as the Warriors are and have been without Curry thus far in the postseason, there is no denying his ability to score from anywhere on the court and create separation to launch his lightning quick jump shot at a moment’s notice. The resulting attention he demands make the the Warriors a much better team offensively.
They were 14.4 points better per 100 possessions on offense with Curry on the court during the regular season.
I would assume they will let Curry slowly re-integrate back into his normal workload as much as they can in this series so he is ready for a likely showdown with the Houston Rockets in the western conference finals.