Warriors guard Stephen Curry, who suffered a Grade 2 left MCL sprain on March 23 and has missed the team's last 13 games, was examined earlier Friday by the team's medical staff.
76ers' Ben Simmons on the physicality of the playoffs:'I played Australian football, so I'm used to it'. The working parameters have been 4 to 6 weeks since JaVale McGee crashed into Curry's left knee. There was video footage released on Thursday of Curry doing full-court work; however, Thompson's sources tell him that Curry "isn't in the final stages of his rehabilitation". He will be re-evaluated in one week. The Warriors will play the victor of the series between the New Orleans Pelicans and the Portland Trailblazers, and with both series now sitting at 3-0, the second round could start as early as April 28th.More news: Wenger on Cazorla's imminent return, new deal in the offing
If the Warriors-Spurs and/or Pelicans-Trail Blazers series unexpectedly go longer than four games, the second round could begin as late as either April 30 or May 1. Though those scenarios could give Curry more time to progress with his practice regimen, it remains to be seen how that might influence both the pace he increases his workload and the timing of his return. May 5 would mark six weeks from when the injury was sustained, around Game 3 of the second round.