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Golden State's Steph Curry set to return in time for NBA playoffs

The Golden State Warriors will be celebrating after it was reported that Steph Curry will be available for the playoffs after suffering an ankle injury.

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The Golden State Warriors will be celebrating after it was reported that Steph Curry will be available for the playoffs after suffering an ankle injury.
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Though it was first feared that the Warriors' star would be ruled out for the upcoming playoffs, it now seems that he may be back just in time.

Steph Curry to return for NBA playoffs

There is no news like good news and that's exactly what the Golden State Warriors received. According to reports star player Stephen Curry is expected to return for the start of the Western Conference playoffs after sustaining a left foot sprain in Golden State's last game against the Boston Celtics on Wednesday night. It is understood that the Warriors have been in consultation with renowned foot specialist Dr. Richard Ferkel. While it seems that Curry will in fact be available, it has been reported that he will still require further evaluation.

How did Steph Curry get injured?

In what seemed to be a relatively innocuous play, Curry came out the worst of the two when he appeared scuffle for the ball with Boston Celtics guard Marcus Smart. As the ball went lose Curry lunged for the ball at which point Smart dived in to grab it. Replays seemed to show Smart's body colliding with Curry's left ankle. Curry could be seen getting to his feet in some discomfort and then proceeded to limp up the court. Though he tried to return to the game, he was eventually ruled out for the remainder of it after been reviewed on the bench. An MRI performed later that night would reveal that Curry had in fact suffered a sprain. Now - two days later - it has been revealed that the Warriors' main man has luckily avoided serious injury, with no structural damage observed.

Was Marcus Smart's play dirty?

While Neither Warriors coach Steve Kerr or forward Draymond Green would be drawn on whether or not the play involved bad intentions, both referred to the moment as "dangerous" and "unnecessary." Where Smart himself was concerned, he simply saw it as doing his duty, "I saw the ball, I dove for the ball, trying to make a play," Smart said post game. "Unfortunately, that occurred." Regardless of whether or not the Celtics player had it out for Curry, the Warriors can now rest easy as their record breaking shooting guard is set to return at just the right time.

The Warriors will need to be cautious

Though this will definitely count as a silver lining to a rainy cloud, the Warriors must be careful. To date their campaign has been somewhat disjointed as a result of injuries to key players. Indeed Golden State has only witnessed their lethal trio of Curry, Draymond Green and Klay Thompson play just 11 minutes together this season. Thompson only returned in January after almost three months out, while Green returned just two games ago having suffered a back injury that sidelined him for a similar period of time. "It seems like every time we get someone back, someone else goes down," Green said. "So, it's definitely a worry." 

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