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Stephen Curry reportedly will make return Sunday vs. Lakers

Golden State Warriors v Los Angeles Lakers

LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA - FEBRUARY 23: Stephen Curry #30 of the Golden State Warriors before a game against the Los Angeles Lakers in the first half at Arena on February 23, 2023 in Los Angeles, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)

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Time is running out for Stephen Curry and the Warriors to “flip the switch” and consistently show a championship-level, title-defending form we have only seen in flashes this season.

That time could start Sunday. Curry is planning to return to the court in a nationally televised game against the Lakers Sunday, reports Chris Haynes of TNT/Bleacher Report.

Golden State has won four straight and is now 6-4 since Stephen Curry was sidelined back on Feb. 4 due to partial tears to his superior tibiofibular ligaments and interosseous membrane (the shin area just below the knee). Steve Kerr did not confirm the news but didn’t deny it either, noting Curry has been scrimmaging this week.

Curry would be in the middle of the MVP conversation with his level of play this season if he could have stayed healthy (he has missed 25 games and counting). Curry has averaged 27.9 points, 6.4 rebounds and 6.4 assists a game, and the Warriors are 8.1 points per 100 possessions better when he is on the court.

The Warriors sit as the No. 5 seed in the West with Curry poised to return, although moving up will be a challenge (the Suns with Kevin Durant are fourth, ad the Warriors are five back in the loss column from the three-seed Kings). But it’s less about the seeding with the Warriors — we know they can win big playoff games on the road — we just need to start seeing some contender-level basketball from this team. Curry returning makes that more likely.