OAKLAND – The Warriors on Thursday scrimmaged for the first time in a week, and Stephen Curry once again was a bystander.
Curry, recovering from a sprained medial collateral ligament (MCL) in his right knee, continued his recent routine of individual work at an adjacent court, followed by a private session after his teammates had vacated the gym.
Though Curry’s status has been upgraded from definitely “out” to “doubtful” for Game 3 against the Trail Blazers on Saturday at Moda Center in Portland, it’s more realistic that he’ll return for Game 4 on Monday.
Asked if Curry could be cleared for Game 3, coach Warriors coach Steve Kerr said, “Probably not.”
The original prognosis was that Curry would miss at least two weeks, which remains conceivable, as Kerr indicated his return likely would come at the end of a three-step process.
Step 1 is 3-on-3 and 5-on-5 scrimmaging. Step 2 is Curry completing a second consecutive day of scrimmaging. Step 3 is passing those tests and receiving game-day clearance.
“We probably need to get through that process,” Kerr said. “We need to see him in rhythm, cutting and moving, seeing how he responds the next day as well.”
Curry’s healing is aided by the effect of platelet-rich plasma (PRP) therapy on his knee. The PRP injection process involves blood drawn from the patient and then enriched and then injected into the area of the injury.
PRP therapy also has been utilized by, among others, Warriors teammates Andre Iguodala and Andrew Bogut, as well as Lakers legend Kobe Bryant.
As Curry does his part to return as soon as possible, his teammates want to make sure he’s completely ready before taking the court.
“I don’t want him to rush back,” Klay Thompson said. “That’s the last thing we want because we plan on playing for a while. The message from us is to tell him to take his time.”