Steph Curry plans to play for Warriors this season after hand injury heals

Steph Curry plans to play for Warriors this season after hand injury heals

Steph Curry plans to play again this season.

The Warriors' superstar point guard announced his plans Monday night during a press conference before the game against the Jazz at Chase Center.

"I definitely expect to be ready to play," Curry told reporters. "I don't know when, but at some point in early spring. It's just a matter of the rehab process."

Curry revealed that he dealt with some nerve irritation when he initially broke his left hand during an Oct. 30 game against the Suns.

"With surgery, there's always potential for nerves to be irritated," Curry said. "I had a little bit of that. That's kind of why it took so long for the real diagnosis because I had to do so many tests because that was one of the symptoms.

"Something to monitor as we go through the process."

Curry addressed when he might be able to travel with the Warriors on road trips.

"Not for a while," Curry said. "Part of the rehab is I have to get a second procedure done in the beginning of December, probably, and remove some of the pins they put in there. So, the swelling is going to be something that is of the upmost priority early in the rehab process, to give me a chance to come back and get my range of motion back pretty quickly.

"So, traveling is not in the cards right now. But hopefully when the new year hits, I'll be on the road and progress quickly in terms of things I can do on the court, in the weight room, all that type of stuff, and obviously be around the team as much as I can."

After Curry underwent surgery on his hand, the Warriors initially announced that he would be re-evaluated in three months. That timeline came into question last week because of a report that Curry was "unlikely" to play again this season. The Warriors immediately refuted the report, and coach Steve Kerr said the team was "confused" by it.

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Steph's press conference should put to bed any doubts that the two-time NBA MVP will lace up his Curry 7s again this season.

Charles Barkley calls Steph Curry, Klay Thompson 'Stay and Kleph'

Charles Barkley calls Steph Curry, Klay Thompson 'Stay and Kleph'

Charles Barkley needs to put some respect on Steph Curry and Klay Thompson.

But first, he needs to figure out how to say their names correctly.

At halftime of the Warriors-Blazers game, the TNT analyst was trying to say "Steph and Klay." Instead, he said this:

It was probably just a slip of the tongue, but considering it came from Barkley, Warriors fans wouldn't be faulted for thinking this was just another slight from the zero-time NBA champion.

All throughout the Warriors' five-year NBA Finals run, Barkley routinely criticized them. He kept saying a jump-shooting team couldn't win a championship (there's so many things wrong with that statement.)

Just last week, Barkley took a shot at Draymond Green, saying "Draymond don't talk as much since he's averaging that triple single."

On opening night in October, Thompson joined the TNT crew for their halftime show and Barkley told the All-Star shooting guard the Warriors wouldn't make the playoffs.

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In the end, Steph and Klay will always have the last laugh over Barkley. They have three rings (and counting). He has none.

Do you know how to say "none" correctly, Chuck?

Warriors' Steve Kerr doesn't have any 'clarity' on Kevon Looney injury

Warriors' Steve Kerr doesn't have any 'clarity' on Kevon Looney injury

PORTLAND, Ore. -- The Warriors have spent much of the season seeking answers on Kevon Looney's health. Before Monday's matchup against the Portland Trail Blazers, Steve Kerr had none for his big man's immediate future. 

"I do not have any more clarity," Kerr said. "I was hopeful that he would play at some point by now. But perhaps later in the week."

For the last 13 games, Looney has been out of the lineup with abdominal soreness. Before his latest injury, he was limited with a neuropathic condition, forcing him to miss training camp and the first month of the season. When asked if the two injuries were related, Kerr declined to respond. 

"It's really something I'd rather not expand on,"  he said. "Just because I don't have enough grasp on it."

Looney -- who joined the team on the trip to Portland -- signed a three-year, $14 million contract with the Warriors last summer after becoming an integral piece in the Warriors' last two postseason runs. However, he began to feel discomfort in his hamstring last summer as a result of his neuropathic condition.

He returned in December after seeing a specialist, only to return to the injury report after nine games. Along the way, Looney expressed frustration with his season

"I just want to get my body healthy and work on my game," Looney told NBC Sports Bay Area last month. "I feel like I worked a lot over the summer to expand my range, and being hurt, you're trying to find your rhythm so you go back to what you know, trying to get back to what got me here. So, this season is about getting healthy and my body right, and continue to work on my game and get back to where I was on defense and work on the stuff I've been working on all summer."

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For now, the Warriors are just hoping to get him back on the floor sooner rather than later. 

"He's such a big part of our team,"  Kerr said. "He's such a big part of our team, a huge part of the foundation in the last couple of years."