PORTLAND –- There is a 50-50 chance that Stephen Curry will join his teammates Monday night when the Warriors face the Trail Blazers in Game 4 of the Western Conference Semifinals.
Curry participated in the team’s shootaround Monday morning, after which he was upgraded from “doubtful” to “questionable.” Doubtful is defined as a 25 percent chance of playing, whereas questionable increases the possibility to 50 percent.
Insofar as there was no live scrimmaging on Monday, Curry’s activity in practice Sunday, followed by a 3-on-3 session, was enough to upgrade his status.
“He came out of that feeling decent this morning,” Warriors coach Steve Kerr said. “He’s going to get treatment, we’re going to talk to our doctors and medical people and we’ll make a decision this afternoon.”
The term “probable" is defined as a 75 percent chance, and the Warriors are hopeful Curry – recovering from a sprained medial collateral ligament (MCL) in his right knee – can reach and surpass that level before Game 4 tips off shortly after 7:30pm at Moda Center.
Asked if Curry would start upon returning, Kerr danced around the subject, which opens the door, ever so slightly, to the possibility of Curry coming off the bench.
“When he plays, whether it’s tonight or Wednesday (Game 5),” Kerr said, “I don’t imagine him playing his usual minutes.”
Curry injured the knee on April 24 during Game 4 of the first round series against the Rockets in Houston. He was diagnosed the next day, with Warriors general manager Bob Myers saying Curry would be reevaluated in two weeks.
It has been exactly two weeks, and the Warriors are hours away from making a final decision on Curry’s status for Game 4.