STEPH CURRY is keen to continue the momentum of his Game 2 return from a knee injury when the Golden State Warriors continue their playoff campaign against the New Orleans Pelicans tomorrow.
Golden State travel to Louisiana having claimed successive wins on home court in Game 1 and Game 2, with point guard Curry crowning his return from a six-week lay-off with a knee sprain by recording 28 points in 27 minutes.
The two-time MVP showed few signs of rustiness with a fine shooting performance for the Dubs at Oracle Arena.
And Curry could be in line for a first start since March 23 at 1am UK time on Sunday as the Warriors look to move 3-0 up in the Western Conference semi-finals.
And while the All-Star is not yet in any shape to return to his normal minutes, 30-year-old Curry is keen to first and foremost continue his steady progression for the defending NBA champions as.
He told reporters at practice: “I’ve been working hard. There’s no way to simulate a game-type pace, especially playing New Orleans.
“You look at some of the numbers from the last game, how fast they were playing.
“Obviously that’s how we’re used to when you have two teams going back-and-forth at top speed.
“You don’t know how your body is going to react to that but I managed alright in Game 2.
“I’ll build off of that going into Game 3. Hopefully I’ll be good to go as I ramp it up.”
Warriors coach Steve Kerr told reporters that Curry will “get over 30 minutes” in Game 3 but that there is “no formula” or “no restriction” as to his involvement.
And the All-Star point guard admitted that the team’s management of his return what was allowed him to return at almost full fitness and form.
He explained: “The three days that I had between Game 1 and Game 2 I noticed a significant difference in how my body felt. That was a wise decision [to not play in Game 1 of the Pelicans series] I think.
“Obviously [it was because of] how we played in Game 1 but just for my own health, it definitely paid off to be patient with it.
“If it was up to me, I probably would’ve played but they handled it well. They have my best interests when it comes to what they advise me to do.”