OAKLAND — The Golden State Warriors have officially announced that guard Stephen Curry will play tonight in the second game of the Western Conference Semifinals series against the New Orleans Pelicans.
Curry went through full shoot-around this morning at the Rakuten Performance Center in downtown Oakland, and had the “probable” removed from his status shortly afterwards.
Curry has a career playoff shooting percentage of 45.3% from the field, and 41.0% from three-point range. He has an effective field goal percentage of 56.2% in the post season, and is averaging 4.2 three-point makes per playoff game. In the playoffs, Curry has averaged 26.2 points, 6.6 assists and 5.1 rebounds per game.
Without Curry — sidelined with a left MCL sprain on March 23 — Golden State cruised to a 123-101 win on Saturday, thanks to a 41-point second quarter. Curry missed all five of the Warriors’ first-round games against the San Antonio Spurs, and the series opener against the Pelicans.
In that game, Draymond Green posted his fourth postseason triple-double (16 points, 15 rebounds, 11 assists) — passing Tom Gola for the most in franchise history — and Kevin Durant was a mid-range machine, shooting 9-of-18 from the field, and 3-of-6 from three-point range.
“To see any of your guys come back from injury is always an emotional boost,” Green said. “To have Steph back out there will definitely give us a boost, but we’ve still got to play the game.”
Klay Thompson went off for a game-high 33, shooting 13-of-20 from three — just shy of what he was at the end of Tuesday’s shoot-around, when he went 14-for-20 from beyond the arc.
The Warriors are now 9-3, all-time, without Curry in the NBA Playoffs. Curry missed six games in the 2016 NBA Playoffs — three in the First Round against Houston and two in the semifinals versus Portland.
While Curry is back, Patrick McCaw (lumbar spine contusion) is still out indefinitely, and is not likely to play the rest of the season.
Golden State hosts New Orleans at Oracle Arena at 7:30 p.m.