Stephen Curry cleared to return against the Hawks

NBA.com Global on Mar 24, 2018 07:57 AM
Stephen Curry cleared to return against the Hawks
FILE - OAKLAND, CA - NOVEMBER 6: Stephen Curry #30 of the Golden State Warriors high fives fans before the game against the Miami Heat on November 6, 2017 at ORACLE Arena in Oakland, California. (Photo by Noah Graham/NBAE via Getty Images)

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The Golden State Warriors could stand to get a couple of their All-Star players back into the mix before the 2017-18 regular season wraps up. As they ready for today's game against the Atlanta Hawks, one of their superstars is ready to go.

Guard Stephen Curry, who has been out since March 8 (Mar. 9, PHL time) with a sprained ankle, has been officially cleared to play tonight. Curry went through the team's shootaround today, a day after logging his second straight practice with the team.

Connor Letourneau of the San Francisco Chronicle has more what's next for Curry tonight against the Hawks:

Warriors point guard Stephen Curry is on track to return for Friday night’s game against Atlanta.

Curry, who has missed the past six games with a tweaked right ankle, was cleared to return to practice after getting his ankle re-evaluated Tuesday. He has participated fully in Golden State’s past two practices with no issues.

Barring a setback in shoot-around or pregame warmups Friday, Curry will return to the starting lineup against the Hawks. Head coach Steve Kerr has yet to decide whether he’ll put Curry on a minutes restriction.

While Curry is seemingly set to return, Kevin Durant (fractured rib cartilage), Klay Thompson (fractured right thumb) and Draymond Green (pelvic contusion) are out tonight. Thompson and Durant participated in non-contact work yesterday, Letourneau reports, but they are probably at least a week away from returning.

Curry has been out since March 8 (Mar. 9, PHL time), which is when he sprained his right ankle against the San Antonio Spurs. He was cleared by the team to practice on Tuesday (Wednesday, PHL time) and did exactly that on Wednesday (Thursday, PHL time).

Golden State trails the Houston Rockets by 4.5 games for the No. 1 spot in the Western Conference. The Warriors are a sparkling 40-10 with Curry this season, and would likely need him if they have any hope of catching the Rockets out West.

Golden State has been the top team in its conference in each of the last three seasons. This season, Curry is averaging 26.3 points, 6.2 assists and 5.1 rebounds per game for the Warriors (53-18).

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