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Steph Curry looks great doing shooting drills on Warriors practice court

Steph Curry looks great doing shooting drills on Warriors practice court

SAN FRANCISCO -- One Warrior after another departed the practice courts Thursday and, before long, there were only two, still shooting and dribbling and dripping sweat.

On one court was Kevon Looney, who has missed the last eight games but possibly could return in the next week or two.

On the other was Steph Curry, who has missed the last 35 games after undergoing surgery on his left hand. The Warriors have not given a timeline for his return, but the naked-eye view of his session was nothing less than encouraging.

“Steph is shooting over there,” coach Steve Kerr, pointing toward Curry, said during his post-practice news conference, “so everybody turn your phones around, and I’m going to sneak out.”

Kerr allowed himself a grin, perhaps because of his quip but possibly because he is delighted to see Curry going through individual drills without apparent restrictions.

Working out with assistant coach Bruce Fraser and former teammate Zaza Pachulia, who at times were joined by others, Curry was draining shots from all over, dribbling with both hands -- with no visible bandage -- and generally looking as if he could play immediately.

Asked if Curry would be with the team on the afternoon flight to Los Angeles, where the Warriors play the Clippers on Friday, Kerr was uncertain.

The Warriors quietly hope Curry will be able to return some time after the Feb. 13-19 All-Star break.

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Curry sustained a fracture of the second metacarpal on Oct. 30 against the Phoenix Suns. He underwent surgery two days later, with pins inserted into the hand. Those pins were removed about five weeks ago. He is scheduled to be reevaluated sometime around Feb. 1.

Curry is “dying to play,” Kerr said last week. The visual evidence Thursday offered zero dispute.

Kevin Durant gets Finals revenge on Drake in 'Laugh Now, Cry Later' video

Kevin Durant gets Finals revenge on Drake in 'Laugh Now, Cry Later' video

Any Warriors fans who wanted to dunk on Drake before, during or after last year's NBA Finals can now live vicariously through Kevin Durant.

The Toronto Raptors global ambassador and rapper dropped the music video for "Laugh Now Cry Later" featuring Lil Durk on Thursday, with Drake spending most of it on Nike's Beaverton, Ore. campus. Former Raiders star Marshawn Lynch steals the show by tackling Drake in a brief appearance, but Durant absolutely dominates the Canadian star in a 1-on-1 game.

https://youtu.be/JFm7YDVlqnI

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Durant hasn't played in an NBA game since rupturing his Achilles in Game 5 of the 2019 NBA Finals against Drake's Raptors, and his rehab is, at the very least, far enough along to best someone who once air-balled a 3-pointer warming up with Kentucky. By my count, Durant was 5-of-5 from the field with a steal, a block and two dunks over Drake.

Yes, I counted stats from a fake 1-on-1 game in a music video. What did you do with your Thursday night?

Drake traded barbs with Durant and the Warriors when Toronto and Golden State squared off in last year's Finals. There was Drake's "Home Alone" hoodie worn before Game 2, followed by Klay Thompson dropping a "See you in the Bay, Aubrey" after the Warriors' win that night. Then Drake trolled Thompson, and later Draymond Green, but it was all good-natured. Green and Drake met up between Games 1 and 2, while Steph Curry even gave the rapper a congratulatory call after the Raptors won their first NBA title.

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Durant's no longer a Warrior, of course, with Game 5 marking his last appearance in a Golden State uniform before he joined the Brooklyn Nets in free agency. Drake said he was "wrecked" seeing Durant get hurt, and he even referenced the NBA star's eventual road back to the court in a verse on Rick Ross' "Gold Roses" last summer. It's fitting, then, that we'd get one of our first glimpses at Durant back on the court in a Drake video.

That it plays out like a fever-dream revenge fantasy written by one of their own has to be a cathartic, added bonus for Warriors fans.

Draymond Green has been on Gary Trent Jr. bandwagon longer than you

Draymond Green has been on Gary Trent Jr. bandwagon longer than you

Warriors star Draymond Green wants you to know he was on the Gary Trent Jr. bandwagon before he became one of the restarted NBA season's breakout stars.

The Portland Trail Blazers guard entered Thursday shooting an impressive 52.6 percent from the field and an unconscious 52.6 percent from 3-point range. He didn't hit those heights in the Blazers' 134-133 win over the Brooklyn Nets, but they never trailed again after Trent Jr.'s fourth 3-pointer of the night gave them a 130-128 lead with 2:29 to go in regulation.

Porland's win locked up its spot in the play-in game(s) for the Western Conference's eighth and final playoff spot, and Green loved what he saw from Trent Jr. down the stretch.

Green has been a fan of Trent Jr. for (at least) a few months.

Back on March 6, Green tweeted his appreciation for the guard on the night Trent Jr. flashed his defensive chops guarding Phoenix Suns star Devin Booker.

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Green's praise of Trent Jr. should cost a whole lot less than the $50,000 tampering fine he laughed off stemming from praising Booker on an "Inside the NBA" appearance. That praise also involved a plea to "get my man out of Phoenix," of course, and the NBA didn't take too kindly to Green's suggestion.

Some good, old-fashioned Twitter tire-pumping won't make Green's pockets lighter, and it has the added bonus of bolstering his basketball hipster credentials by saying he was on the Trent Jr. train before everyone else.

Really, it's a win-win for everyone involved.

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