Stephen Curry Hoping To 'Not Suck' In Looming Playoff Return To Warriors

Steph Curry Only Has One Goal for His Return on Tuesday

The Warriors may have rolled through the first round of the playoffs without Stephen Curry, and they handled the Pelicans easily in Game 1 of the second round, but everybody knows Curry is the key to Golden State.

A Game 2 comeback gives Curry another chance to scrimmage and another full-contact scrimmage - another couple of opportunities for Curry to convince the Warriors that his knee has fully healed and that he will have the full complement of his powers for the rest of the postseason.

Warriors coach Steve Kerr said he would be "very surprised" if Curry didn't suit up, and that he would not be on a minutes restriction.

Despite his absence, the Warriors beat the San Antonio Spurs 4-1 in the first round and cruised to a 123-101 win over the Pelicans in game one of the Western Conference semi-finals on Saturday.

That's according to National Basketball Association legend Byron Scott, who claims Curry's return will be a huge relief to Kevin Durant and Klay Thompson. He participated in his first scrimmage Friday. Although Kevin Durant, Klay Thompson and Draymond Green have carried the team through their first six playoff games, the Warriors will undoubtedly become a lot more risky upon Curry's return.

"Not at all. Because the flip side of that is he needs rhythm", Kerr said. "But, we've got to - just for caution - wait until (Tuesday) and see how he's feeling".

"He's ready to go". "I've been going against him last couple of days". We're not going to all of a sudden walk the ball up the court now and try to play slow.

While that specific fear is mitigated, there's still anxiety that Curry can suffer an unrelated injury playing in a game that the Warriors didn't even need him back for. He had missed the previous 11 games with a sprained right ankle. Saturday nights game was played at approximately * a href="http://stats.nba.com/teams/advanced/?sort=PACE&dir=-1&CF=MIN*GE*15&Season=2017-18&SeasonType=Playoffs&PORound=2" target="_blank" rel="noopener" *105.96 possessions. "You have some kind of unfortunate situations, landing on somebody's foot, being in the wrong place at the wrong time, whatever the case is, missing games".

And what a boost Curry's presence could be for the defending champions who are already clicking on both ends. "And that confidence in myself has never wavered".

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