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Curry listed as probable for Game 2

Curry listed as probable for Game 2

No, the Warriors deserve praise because a lesser team might have given into Curry's pleas to play in Game 1.

In late December against Memphis, Curry came back after being sidelined 11 games with a sprained right ankle to score 38 points with 10 3-pointers. Steve Kerr said before Game 1 that while Curry was out, he was "very likely" to play in Game 2 on Tuesday, barring any setbacks.

The good news appears to be that the Warriors training staff has handled his injury extremely cautiously, so there isn't too much of a concern regarding him returning prematurely. "You've been out five weeks and we're playing in the playoffs, I don't think one scrimmage is enough, even though he feels great, he wants to play and pleaded his case".

Golden State routed New Orleans 123-101 in Game 1. "If there's a minutes restriction, maybe we would consider bringing him off the bench for timing purposes, but at this point it's hard to say". If the Warriors prevail over the Pelicans and the victor of the Utah Jazz-Houston Rockets series, they will be headed to their fourth consecutive appearance in the title round.

Star point guard Stephen Curry is listed as probable in his quest to return from a 5 1/2-week absence as the Warriors go for their 14th consecutive home win in postseason play.

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"He's feeling good. I'd be very surprised if he didn't play", Kerr told reporters. He added that it's important for Steph Curry to regain his in-game rhythm.

In the playoffs, Green has improved his scoring average by 1.2 points per game over his regular season numbers. "If they can do that then they could have a better chance, but having Steph Curry out there is just another opportunity for them to have an open shot somewhere else". "We can slow it down and we understand to win games we'll have to execute and maybe win some grind-out games, that's just part of playoff basketball, but everybody loves to run".

In the Western Conference, the Warriors and Rockets remain the top teams to beat in the odds and on the court.

The big question now is what role Curry will have upon his return.

But after muscling through Damian Lillard, C.J. McCollum and Evan Turner in that series, Holiday now finds himself facing a more formidable defensive foe: Kevin Durant. The beauty of Curry, though, is how he fits so seamlessly into the Warriors' offense and typically improves his teammates by his mere presence.