Former MVP Stephen Curry has missed 15 straight games with a knee injury, but he is set to return for the Golden State Warriors’ Game 2 matchup with the New Orleans Pelicans. Now, the Warriors are on a crash course to meet the Houston Rockets in the Western Conference Finals.
The team announced that Curry was available to return from his MCP sprain, although it is yet to be seen how many minutes he will receive. Head coach Steve Kerr will likely be cautious, considering how well Golden State played in its first game against New Orleans.
Minus Curry, the Warriors finished the season with a 9-7 record. However, they have gone 5-1 in the playoffs, with the lone loss coming to the San Antonio Spurs after building a 3-0 series lead.
Prior to Game 2, Curry was able to return to practice at full speed. His presence makes the Warriors an overwhelming favorite in the Western Conference semifinals.
Curry averaged 26.4 PPG, 6.1 APG, and 5.1 RPG throughout the 2017-18 season. He will likely be matched up with New Orleans point guard Rajon Rondo, who has a reputation for his perimeter defense.
The Pelicans’ defense struggled to contain the Warriors’ offense in Game 1, as Golden State erupted for 123 points.
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