The Golden State Warriors and their fans will have to wait at least one more game. Stephen Curry will not be returning to the court for Game 1 of the second round series against the New Orleans Pelicans.
Kerr said Stephen Curry will not play tonight. "He's very likely to play Tuesday night. ... When you've been out five weeks and you want to play in the playoffs, I don't think one scrimmage is enough."— Connor Letourneau (@Con_Chron) April 29, 2018
Curry was feeling good after scrimmaging yesterday and practicing today. Not surprisingly, he tried to plead his case to take the court tonight. Equally not surprisingly, Steve Kerr wasn’t going to be persuaded when logic said to let him sit once more.
Curry pleaded his case to play tonight. But Kerr said: “We have to protect him from himself.”— Melissa Rohlin (@melissarohlin) April 29, 2018
Kerr said Steph wasn’t happy when the Warriors decided not to let him play tonight but he nodded and understood.— Melissa Rohlin (@melissarohlin) April 29, 2018
That Curry was unhappy with the decision is a good sign. It means he’s close enough to being back that he feels he’s good to go. With two off days before Game 2, that means that Curry will likely be back on Tuesday. Steve Kerr certainly seems to think so.
Steph will not play tonight. Kerr said he’s “very likely” to play Tuesday.— Melissa Rohlin (@melissarohlin) April 29, 2018
We’re almost there. But until then, the Warriors have to handle business one more time without their superstar point guard.