Steph Curry didn’t take the floor during the Warriors’ loss to the New Orleans Pelicans on Sunday.
The injured Golden State star did beforehand, however, looking game-ready as he went through a pre-game workout.
Curry hasn’t played since breaking his left hand on Oct. 30. He was cleared for contact in practices Saturday, scrimmaging with his teammates for the first time since picking up the injury and subsequently undergoing two surgeries. The 31-year-old said Saturday that lingering nerve damage in his left hand has taken some getting used to, but that he is targeting a March 1 return.
Former Warriors Mitch Richmond and Chris Mullin dealt with the same injury during their NBA careers. Mullin had three separate hand surgeries during his, and he said Curry’s biggest adjustment will come from playing with his teammates again.
“He practices at game pace,” Mullin said of Curry on Sunday during Warriors Pregame Live. “He takes game shots all the time. His fitness will be there. It’s (about) getting acclimated to the players around him, finding the spacing and the timing.”
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Though Curry didn’t injure his dominant hand, he relies on his left a lot to pass and when he finishes at the rim. He won’t lose trust in his shot, but Richmond thinks the two-time MVP has to ensure
“I went through that same injury [and so did] Mully,” Richmond said Sunday. “It’s all about confidence when you come back. … I think, for him, he wants to find that confidence that it can be hit, and then he can come back from it.”
The Warriors owned the NBA’s worst record after Sunday’s loss, which clinched their third losing streak of six games or more. Curry’s return won’t lift Golden State out of the league’s cellar, but it undoubtedly will lift his teammates’ spirits in an otherwise dreary season.
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