In an interview with ESPN on Friday, Golden State Warriors’ star Stephen Curry said he’s scheduled to get back on the court around the end of the month.
After Curry broke his right hand early in January, the Warriors have used a designated player inactive list for each of the last three games, bringing forward Andre Iguodala and guard Shaun Livingston into the rotation. With Curry set to begin rehab work toward a return, the Warriors will go with five healthy bodies and without a designated player option to accommodate his return.
With the Warriors’ current one-game win streak entering Saturday’s matchup with the Trail Blazers, Curry sounded more certain than ever on when he’ll return.
“Like I said, I’m excited about getting out there and trying to help these guys out as much as I can,” Curry said. “Definitely the end of the month (is when) I’m trying to target and get back as much as I can.”
Curry broke the third metacarpal bone in his right hand on Jan. 23, and had surgery three days later. He returned to practicing with the team two weeks later, and although the injury has clearly affected his passing and jump shot, Curry is rehabbing as if the injury will end the regular season with the Warriors reaching the playoffs. Curry is confident the damage will be far less significant when he returns to the court.
“It will feel more like when I was 17 than when I was 29,” Curry said. “At this point, I’m just doing everything I can to get back on the court as soon as possible.”
The return of Curry will undoubtedly come at a significant time for the Warriors, who have won four of their last five games to boost their record to a remarkable 45-9. The Warriors have won 18 straight at home, and have been carrying an almost fatalized work ethic that bodes well for future success.
“As a competitor, it’s easy to embrace,” Curry said of the Warriors’ effort. “When you’re winning, every opportunity you have, you want to give it your all and compete at a high level. I think there’s still room for improvement, we still have to keep that approach and focus going into the playoffs.”