The Golden State Warriors have been without Stephen Curry for virtually their whole playoff campaign. While they have looked pretty convincing so far, they were torched by Damian Lillard in game three of their Western Conference semi-finals series.
Despite the 40-point game from the Oakland native, there will be no knee-jerk reaction from the defending champions to throw the reigning MVP back into action.
Curry had previously stated he was hopeful of being back for game three of the series with the Portland Trail Blazers, however, the coaching and medical staffs in the Bay have erred on the side of caution.
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A fully fit Curry could be the difference between success and failure in the playoffs, but the Warriors are stacked without the number 30 and, if they can negotiate their way to the Conference Finals without risking their superstar, it would be beneficial for all involved.
Speaking to ESPN ahead of Monday night's game four, head coach Steve Kerr admitted the point guard was unlikely to make an appearance despite making good progress with his rehabilitation.
The 50-year-old said: "I would just say he's doubtful for tomorrow but slowly and surely making progress."
Having participated in a 2-on-2 game with Warriors coaching staff before game three, he stepped up his recovery by engaging in a 3-on-3 scrimmage and other skills exercises on Sunday.
Kerr added: "He looked about like he looked yesterday, in terms of movement. Conditioning is going to be an issue, but hopefully, he can get more and more work in, and we'll see how he comes up tomorrow, in terms of a night of sleep coming off the workout."
Despite the obvious frustration of watching his teammates from the sidelines and being unable to influence proceedings, Kerr insists Curry has not been lobbying for a quick return to action.
Having suffered a number of injuries during the early stages of his NBA career, the 28-year-old knows the importance of a thorough rehabilitation period.
"You trust the medical staff in terms of, 'Is there potential for more damage?' Then you trust the player with how he's feeling. Steph has been, even when he's lobbied like in the Houston series when he hurt his ankle, he would lobby and then admit, 'No, it's probably not right.'
"I know I'd get a truthful answer from Steph. He's not going to try to be a hero, and we'll make the reasonable decision based on all the information."
The Warriors will be hoping to restore their two-game lead at the Moda Center on Monday night, although home court advantage means the odds are still heavily stacked in their favour, even if game four ends in defeat.