Point guard Stephen Curry has been cleared by doctors to play and will return to the starting lineup against visiting Portland tonight. Curry has missed the last two games while recovering from a mild concussion. The Warriors lost both games and are now 0-3 in games he misses.
The last hurdle of the concussion protocol was for him to participate in full-contact activity and emerge symptom free. Curry had a workout earlier on Saturday, coach Mark Jackson said. Before tip-off, Curry was tested by doctors and given the green light.
Curry sustained the injury Monday at Utah, when Jazz forward Marvin Williams fell on top of his head. He was initially deemed to be fine with a headache. But by Tuesday, his condition was upgraded to a mild concussion.
Curry sat out Wednesday’s loss to Memphis. Thursday, he took part in individual workouts at Warriors’ practice. Friday, he took part in shootaround and pre-game warm-ups. But Curry wasn’t cleared for contact drills because he wasn’t symptom free following his non-contact work. He finally got the green light for contact drills on Saturday.
About two hours before tip-off, he posted “Lock in” on Twitter, a tradition of his symbolizing he’s getting ready for game time. He took the court four pre-game warm-ups, going through his usual drills. He even made his trick shot from the tunnel. After his individual warm-ups, he was tested by doctors and deemed symptom free.