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.
He’s been at it for almost an hour now. Stephen Curry shooting like he’ll be ready to play today. Plan is to reevaluate in 2-3 weeks. pic.twitter.com/Dn5N4ZekQP— Monte Poole (@MontePooleNBCS) January 9, 2020
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.
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.