Stephen Curry has stepped up his recovery from a leg injury amid suggestions the two-time NBA MVP could return during the Golden State Warriors’ three-game road stretch next week.
Curry has missed the Warriors’ last nine games after suffering the injury in a collision with McKinley Wright IV against the Dallas Mavericks last month.
Scans subsequently revealed Curry had sustained tears to his superior tibiofibular ligaments and interosseous membrane, as well as a contusion to his lower left leg.
While Curry initially planned to return “after the All-Star break” without setting a specific date, the team confirmed last Thursday he was to sit out at least one more week.
On Wednesday, however, a report from ESPN claimed the Warriors were optimistic Curry could feature in their upcoming road trip, which begins against the Los Angeles Lakers on Sunday before taking them to the Oklahoma City Thunder and Memphis Grizzlies.
The team then released an update regarding the four-time NBA champion, revealing he had increased his workload in practice and would soon be reassessed.
“Stephen Curry, who has missed the last nine games due to injury, is making good progress and has recently increased his on-court workload to include scrimmaging,” a statement on the team’s Twitter account read.
“His return to play will be based on his continued progress and response to full practice and scrimmages.”
The Warriors are 32-30 for the season and sit fifth in the Western Conference, having made it three consecutive wins with Tuesday’s 123-105 victory over the Portland Trail Blazers.