LOS ANGELES – Defend the Golden State Stephen the curry said he’s “very optimistic” that he can return from a leg injury in time for the Warriors’ NBA playoffs opener against Denver on Saturday.
Curry, sidelined for nearly a month with a ligament in his left leg, said on teammate Draymond Green’s podcast that he didn’t want to miss a minute of the Warriors’ return to the knockout stages after a two-year absence.
“The goal is always game one, the goal is always game one,” said Curry.
“Very optimistic that this will be game one.
“And we know what time of year it is. We haven’t made it to the knockouts in two years, it’s kind of weird to think about. I was so scared because I knew how much I loved that environment. I don’t want to miss any of that.”
Curry attended the Warriors’ first playoff practice Wednesday, when he said he felt “pretty good” after the drills, shooting and active skills.
Teammate Gary Payton II said the eight-time All-Star and Warriors top scorer “looks like Steph” in reality.
Curry finished the regular season with an average of 25.5 points, 6.3 assists and 5.2 rebounds in 64 games.
“We know what he brings, what he does on the pitch and how he helps and how he makes it difficult for other teams and easier for us,” Payton said. “So we just stick to the game plan.”
The Warriors won 1-6 without Curry from March 20 to 30, but closed the season on a five-game winning streak to claim a third seed in the Western Conference.
The Warriors face their first test of search with the Nuggets team led by Nikola Jokic, who are in the race for the NBA’s Most Valuable Player title for the second time in a row.
The Serbian star finished the season with an average of 27.1 points, 13.8 rebounds and 7.9 assists per game.
“He’s dangerous in every way – no matter how you play he has an answer for you,” Warriors coach Steve Kerr said.
“It is your poison. He can score one-on-one in the box, an excellent passer. We’re going to have to be really, really sharp, because he’s not only one of the best players in the league, he’s also one of the smartest. He will rip you off if you don’t know and be on the lookout. “
In another first series set to take place Saturday, the Dallas Mavericks host the Utah Jazz with injury concerns surrounding Mavs star Luka Doncic.
The Memphis Grizzlies host the Minnesota Timberwolves in their Western Conference series match, while the East Joel Embiid and Philadelphia 76ers host the Toronto Raptors.
On Sunday, the Boston Celtics host the Brooklyn Nets while Giannis Antetokounmpo and the defending champion Milwaukee Bucks open against the Chicago Bulls.
Eastern Conference top seeds Miami and West Phoenix will open at home on Sunday, though both are awaiting the results of Friday’s final games to find out. their defender.
The Heat will face the Cleveland Cavaliers or the Atlanta Hawks while the Suns will face the Los Angeles Clippers or the New Orleans Pelicans.
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