Warriors star 'not close to playing,' report says

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The Warriors cleared Curry on Friday to participate in "modified team practices" beginning on Saturday.

A report in The Athletic Thursday said Golden State's superstar guard is still recovering from his MCL sprain sustained March 23 when he collided with teammate JaVale McGee.

Curry, who has traveled with the team on the last two road trips, underwent his second re-evaluation on Friday and it indicated he's ready to increase his on-court rehabilitation.

The reigning Defensive Player of the Year hasn't backed up his 2017-18 defensive numbers to that degree, but his mettle has proved intact in these first three games against the San Antonio Spurs, erasing any thought of a decline in his abilities. They are nearly certain to face the New Orleans Pelicans, who lead the Portland Trail Blazers 3-0, in the second round. Curry is expected to return to action during the second round. The Warriors would have the same schedule for Games 6 and 7, if the Spurs avoid elimination.

After the game, Durant told ESPN's Chris Haynes that the injury isn't serious enough to cause him to miss Game 4 on Sunday in San Antonio. He has spent the past week completing various shooting, running and lateral movement drills.

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