Contrary to what a few rumors might have suggested, Stephen Curry is unlikely to return for the first round of the 2018 NBA Playoffs. The Golden State Warriors will, instead, have to face the San Antonio Spurs alone.
But in the second round? That’s where things get interesting, as Shams Charania reported this morning that Curry is targeting the second round for a return to the court.
Warriors star Stephen Curry (sprained MCL) is targeting expected return at some point in the Western Conference semifinals, league sources told Yahoo. Curry has three-week evaluation on Saturday.— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) April 13, 2018
Curry’s knee will be reevaluated tomorrow, the same day that Golden State begins their playoff journey against the Spurs. Hopefully we’ll soon know how the reevaluation went, and if there is an updated timetable.
The Warriors should be in fine shape in the opening round; Golden State is still a much better team than San Antonio, even without their two-time MVP.
But in the second round, things will start to get a little bit iffy if Curry is not back. The team will still be favored in the Western Conference Semifinals, but not be nearly as much. Curry coming back would help immensely.
Hopefully that knee is healing up well. See you soon, Steph.