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Golden State Warriors coach Steve Kerr rules out Stephen Curry for first round



Warriors mentor Steve Kerr has precluded Stephen Curry for the first round of the playoffs, telling journalists previously Sunday's amusement with the Jazz there's "no chance" the two-time MVP will return in time from the sprained left knee tendon he endured last Friday against the Hawks.

"Oh, there's no way he's playing in the first round," Kerr said. "There's no way. So yeah, we have to be ready to play without him and see how he's coming along. The good thing is, we've been through this. We should feel good about our ability to play through this stuff.

"We also know that Steph has a history of coming back strong from injuries. So there's a good chance, if all goes well, he comes back during the playoffs at some point, we're at full steam. So that's the goal and that's our plan."

Curry was formally discounted for no less than three weeks after the most recent damage in a season he's suited up for only 51 of a conceivable 72 diversions. The most ideal situation would have had Curry return just before the beginning of the first round on April 14 - 22 days after he was harmed. 

However, with the Warriors confronting a great matchup on account of their reasonable second-put complete in the Western Conference, Kerr clearly isn't prepared to take any risks with his second-driving scorer. 


Curry, be that as it may, isn't abandoning the likelihood of a full postseason run.


"Hopefully I can prove what coach said is wrong," he said. "But right now, who knows? Just try to do my job in the rehab process and get back as soon as I can."
Kerr anticipates that Kevin Durant will restore this week from cracked rib ligament, while Draymond Green had been set to return Sunday from a pelvic injury before being precluded with influenza like side effects. Klay Thompson is relied upon to miss a few more recreations with a cracked right thumb.
"Well, we've got to hold down the fort," Kerr said. "We've got enough. We're blessed with a great roster, a lot of depth and so let's get going. Let's play and let's compete and hold down the fort. There's no reason why we can't come out and really play well down the stretch and be ready for the playoffs and then maybe we get Steph back and we'll see what happens."
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