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If Steph Curry-less Warriors hit lottery, 2020 draft pick doesn't go to Nets

If Steph Curry-less Warriors hit lottery, 2020 draft pick doesn't go to Nets

The Warriors' season flashed before their eyes Wednesday night when Steph Curry broke his left hand during a loss to the Phoenix Suns.

Golden State fell to 1-3 with the loss and could fall into a deeper hole in the extended absence of the two-time MVP. A worse record normally would lead to a higher draft position, but the Warriors traded their 2020 first-round pick as part of the D'Angelo Russell sign-and-trade for Kevin Durant. 

But, the Brooklyn Nets won't necessarily own the Warriors' pick.

As ESPN's Marcus Spears reminded his followers on Twitter on Wednesday, the Warriors' first-round pick is top-20 protected.

If the Warriors' draft pick falls in the top 20 this spring, they ultimately would owe the Nets a 2025 second-round pick. For reference, Golden State doesn't currently have any players under contract beyond 2024. 

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Curry's recovery timeline is unknown. Warriors general manager Bob Myers told NBC Sports Bay Area's Kerith Burke that Curry next will undergo a CT scan. 

Watch Steph Curry mesmerize adorable baby Warriors fan with high five

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Watch Steph Curry mesmerize adorable baby Warriors fan with high five

Warriors fans intently watch Steph Curry during his pre-game shooting routine, especially now that the injured star is so close to returning to Golden State's lineup.

None, however, stared as intently at Curry on Tuesday at Chase Center as this adorable baby with primo floor access. 

Curry was kind enough to give the tiny fan one high five, but he completely left them hanging for a second! Steve Kerr said Saturday that news of Curry's participation in a scrimmage prompted a standing ovation from his teammates, but that was before the two-time MVP left a baby hanging. 

That probably won't diminish any excitement in Golden State's locker room, though, especially after Curry did Curry Things before the Warriors' game against the Kings on Tuesday. 

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Curry has not played since breaking his left hand on Oct. 30. Four months and two surgeries later, Kerr said "the hope" is that Curry returns to the Warriors' lineup Sunday against the Washington Wizards. 

The 31-year-old's hand will be re-evaluated Saturday, and he'll play if all goes well. Whether or not he's cleared, the Warriors at least know that his hand is capable of making a young fan's day. 

Steve Kerr says 'hope' is Warriors' Steph Curry can return on March 1

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Steve Kerr says 'hope' is Warriors' Steph Curry can return on March 1

SAN FRANCISCO -- Steph Curry's return is right around the corner, and Warriors coach Steve Kerr said Tuesday "the hope" is that the two-time MVP will return in time for Sunday's game against the Washington Wizards. 

"He'll continue to work this week, and we'll make that determination on Saturday whether he'll play on Sunday," Kerr said before the Warriors played the Kings on Tuesday.  

Curry first broke his left hand on Oct. 30 and will be re-evaluated Saturday and sit out against the Suns in Phoenix on the first night of a back-to-back. 

The 31-year-old was cleared for contact Saturday, scrimmaging for the first time since his injury and reaching the latest milestone in his recovery. 

"It was fun," Curry said Saturday. "I've done every rehab drill you can think of, by yourself in a gym trying to work on your conditioning and skill work. And that's all fun, and there's a purpose to it but there's nothing like playing basketball and competing."

Sunday's targeted return date would be the culmination of Curry's rigorous rehabilitation program. Curry underwent his second surgery in December to remove a screw in the second metacarpal, and he said Saturday that he still feels nerve discomfort in his left hand.

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Curry said he still is "getting used to what a new normal is." Nonetheless, Kerr praised the guard's work ethic throughout the process.

"He does that stuff at a level very few people I've ever seen can reach," Kerr said Tuesday. "It's been incredible to watch his shooting routine, his conditioning routine. So he's doing everything possible to prepare himself for his return."

Curry is set to practice on Wednesday and Friday before his scheduled re-evaluation.