Steph Curry is no Willis Reed, at least according to Steve Kerr.
Curry returned to practice for the Golden State Warriors on Saturday in San Antonio, but don’t expect him to return to action for Game 4 against the Spurs. Golden State, which leads the first-round series, 3-0, can close out the series Sunday.
“He’s coming along well,” Kerr, the Warriors coach, said. “But don’t expect him to be Willis Reed tomorrow.”
Kerr’s reference to Reed is to the 1970 NBA Finals, when the New York Knicks center limped onto the court for Game 7 against the Los Angeles Lakers at Madison Square Garden despite a torn right thigh muscle. His return provided the Knicks an emotional boost and spurred the Knicks to victory.
Curry, a former two-time NBA Most Valuable Player, has been sidelined for the past four weeks because of a Grade-2 MCL sprain of his left knee.
He returned to non-contact drills Saturday, which he completed with his teammates and showed no signs of a setback.
“From his movements, he looked good to me,” Kevin Durant told Monte Poole of NBC Sports.
“He was really shooting the ball well and moving around well,” assistant coach Ron Adams said. “I don’t know how he’s feeling internally, but I like his attitude about this. He’s positive and upbeat and it rubs off on the other guys.”
Curry will be re-evaluated next weekend, after which his status will be updated.