Published: Sun, April 22, 2018
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Warriors G Curry cleared to increase practice intensity

Defending champion Golden State, on the brink of sweeping out San Antonio in the first round of the National Basketball Association playoffs, will welcome back Stephen Curry to modified team workouts starting Saturday, April 21. That six-week point would be May 4.

Such an extended series appears unlikely, given that Golden State enters Game 4 against the Spurs on Sunday with a 3-0 lead.

The 6-foot-10 Mirotic, acquired in a midseason trade after DeMarcus Cousins' season-ending Achilles tear, made 12 of 15 shots, scoring on everything from quick-release 3-pointers to cutting dunks and fast-break layups.

Curry suffered an MCL sprain in his left knee when teammate JaVale McGhee fell into him during a game against the Atlanta Hawks on March 23.

The Pelicans could get another chance at that if Pelicans and Warriors both end their first-round National Basketball Association playoff series in four games. May 5 would mark six weeks from when the injury was sustained, around Game 3 of the second round.

It was previously noted that Curry was targeting a return in the conference semifinals.

As talented as this Warriors team is, they are unarguably a much more formidable with Curry as their floor general. The two-time MVP will be evaluated Friday but "isn't in the final stages of his rehabilitation". It now seems possible that Curry may miss the start of the second round, especially if both the Warriors and the Pelicans sweep the Spurs and Blazers, respectively. Having said that, it will be better if they get a fully healthy Curry rather than a hobbled and vulnerable one.

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