Warriors GM: Nobody knows when Stephen Curry will return, not even him
Golden State Warriors general manager Bob Myers took to the radio waves to quiet the speculation surrounding the timing of Stephen Curry’s highly anticipated return to the court, saying not even the superstar has an idea when it will happen.
“I know everybody wants to know is it going to be Saturday, is it going to be Monday? It’s in that range, but it’s hard to say,” Myers said during an interview on 95.7 The Game, as transcribed by The Mercury News’ Diamond Leung, via Pro Basketball Talk. “But those games (3 and 4) are so close together.”
As Myers noted, Game 3 is on Saturday and Game 4 set for Monday with both games being played in Portland.
Curry recently stated that the chances of him playing in Game 3 are “pretty good,” something that elicited a chuckle out of Myers, as he indicated Curry always says he’s ready to play.
“I don’t know if he’s coming back (ahead of the two-week timetable),” Myers said. “Nobody knows. He doesn’t know. He thinks he is, but that’s good.”
It has been nine days since Curry suffered a Grade 1 MCL sprain in his right knee during Golden State’s first-round series with the Houston Rockets. Myers said Curry will first have to play some 3-on-3 and 5-on-5 before any ultimate determination pertaining to his playing status is made. He added if Curry is able to do that before Saturday, then Game 3 would be a possibility, however remote.
But the Warriors will have no idea concerning Curry’s readiness until he starts “pushing the envelope as far as basketball activities.” Myers pointed out that Curry has yet to do those things.
“Guy wants to play,” Myers said. “He’s doing everything he can to play. We’ve got good medical people. We’re going to have to be smart. This guy is so important, you don’t throw him out there and risk anything.”
Curry indicated Tuesday he has undergone platelet-rich plasma treatment as part of the treatment on his bum right knee. How that will play into his return to the court — as well as the timing of it — is unclear.
But with the Warriors up 2-0 on the Portland Trail Blazers after storming back after erasing a 17-point deficit on the way to a 110-99 comeback win.
With that in mind, barring a resurgence by the Blazers in the series, time appears to be on the Warriors’ side, meaning the team can err on the side of caution concerning Curry coming back.