Apr 26, 2013; Oakland, CA, USA; Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry (30) reacts after making a three point basket against the Denver Nuggets in the third quarter during game three of the first round of the 2013 NBA playoffs at Oracle Arena. The Warriors defeated the Nuggets 110-108. Mandatory Credit: Cary Edmondson-USA TODAY Sports
Golden State Warriors point guard Stephen Curry will be in the starting lineup tonight against the Portland Trail Blazers after missing the past two games with a concussion.
Curry was cleared for non-contact drills on Thursday and on Saturday, he passed a full-contact test, and was declared symptom-free and cleared to play.
Curry suffered a hit to the head in the fourth quarter in a game against the Jazz on Monday when he dove for a loose ball with Marvin Williams, and Williams wound up falling on top of Curry’s head while the Warriors’ guard was lying facedown on the ground. Curry stayed down for a bit, and eventually walked off the court into the locker room under his own power.
The Warriors announced Curry’s return just a matter of minutes ago, and posted this video on Instagram of him swishing a shot from the tunnel.
In 10 games this season, Curry is averaging 19.9 points and 8.7 assists per game. He is shooting 45.8 percent from behind the 3-point line.With Curry out the past two games, the Warriors have dropped both affairs to the Grizzlies and Lakers. His return becomes even more important now, since the versatile Andre Iguodala suffered a left hamstring strain on Friday night against the Lakers, and is expected to miss some time.Oh, and another way to know that Curry is indeed back? When he tweets this:
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