Stephen Curry may not have played in the Golden State Warriors' 120-108 loss to the Portland Trail Blazers on Saturday night, but he is making good progress from his knee injury, according to head coach Steve Kerr.
The MVP, who has not played since suffering the problem after slipping on a wet patch during game four of the first-round series with the Houston Rockets, took part in a 2-on-2 game with members of the Warriors' coaching team.
Curry had previously said he hoped to be back for game three, however, the medical staff has erred on the side of caution with his return to action.
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As per ESPN, Kerr said he would be testing the fitness of Curry over the coming days: "It was [Curry's] first actual basketball, played 2-on-2 with the coaching staff.
"It's another good step, another good sign. So we'll see how it goes tomorrow. We won't have a 5-on-5 scrimmage because the guys who play a lot tonight are going to need to rest, but more than likely we'll put him into a 3-on-3 tomorrow and see how he does."
The point guard was seen running drills before game three at the Moda Center, however, he did not dress as he took his place on the bench for the fourth straight game.
Saturday was Golden State's first loss since the injury and his return would be perfect timing to help put the Portland Trail Blazers away. However, without Curry, the Warriors are still considered strong favourites to advance to the Western Conference Finals.
They will have to find a way to stop Damian Lillard, who scored 40 points in game three, but with homecourt advantage, the odds are stacked heavily in their favour.
The 28-year-old's fitness is the most important thing and if they can delay his return until they are 100 percent sure he is ready to go, it can only be beneficial to all parties.