Stephen Curry out for Game 1 vs. Pelicans, “very likely” for Game 2

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Stephen Curry wants to play. He’s put in the work on his rehab after spraining his MCL. He practiced 5-of-5 with the team with no ill effects. He all but begged coach Steve Kerr.

But Stephen Curry is not playing in Game 1 of the second round against New Orleans.

However, expect him in Game 2. From Monte Poole of NBC Sports Bay Area:

Curry will change the dynamics of this series because of his gravity — even without the ball defenders have to stick with him on the perimeter, opening up lanes for drives and cuts from others. There’s a reason the Warriors were 15 points per 100 possessions better when he was on the court this season.

However, even without him the Warriors present challenges to the Pelicans that New Orleans did not see in its first-round sweep of Portland, namely trying to guard Kevin Durant. The Warriors would win this series either way.

A healthy Stephen Curry changes the dynamic dramatically, and it looks like the Warriors only need to wait one more game for that.