By Field Level Media-Reuters
Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry is back at practice and his injured hand will be re-evaluated on Feb. 28.
“He’s only played three games with this group,” head coach Steve Kerr told reporters following Wednesday’s practice. “And we’re so different from the last five years. Steph needs to figure this group out and vice versa. He’s perfectly healthy and he’s in the prime of his career.”
Curry practiced Wednesday without a brace on his fractured left hand that he injured in October. If doctors agree with Kerr’s assessment and Curry is cleared to return, he could play immediately. As of Thursday, Curry hasn’t participated in five-on-five scrimmages and won’t be cleared until he does.
The Warriors were overhauled in the offseason with Kevin Durant’s exit, DeMarcus Cousins signing with the Los Angeles Lakers and Klay Thompson late last season suffering a torn ACL that will sideline him for the entire season. Since Curry was hurt, the Warriors traded D’Angelo Russell for Andrew Wiggins. Longtime teammates Andre Iguodala (traded to Memphis in July 2019) and Shaun Livingston (retirement) are also gone.
While there is an adjustment period coming for Curry and his teammates, Kerr wouldn’t subscribe to the theory the team should sit Curry the rest of the season.
“If the point is because he might get hurt, then what’s the point of ever playing anybody,” Kerr asked.
Including the Oct. 30 game in which he was injured, Curry has played in four games this season, averaging 20.3 points and 6.5 assists while hitting only 24.3 percent of his 3-point shots.
“I think it’s important for Steph and Andrew to get to know each other and to play together,” Kerr added.