Stephen Curry practices at 100 percent, questionable for Game 1 against the Pelicans

By Vincent Frank

The defending champion Golden State Warriors could very well get two-time MVP Stephen Curry back in time for its Game 1 outing against the New Orleans Pelicans in the Western Conference Semifinals on Saturday night.

With Curry returning to practice after missing the past five weeks due to a sprained MCL, Warriors general manager Bob Myers indicated earlier in the week that he wouldn’t rule Curry out for the series opener.

Golden State received even better news on Thursday. Curry practiced at 100 percent with the team. And according to head coach Steve Kerr, he’s questionable to go for Game 1.

Kerr always has a way to play things close to the vest. But if Curry did in fact take part in full practice with his teammates, there’s no reason to believe he won’t be able to go against a Pelicans squad that swept out Portland in the first round.

Having played only 51 regular season games due to both ankle and knee issues, Curry averaged 26.4 points on 50 percent shooting. If he had played the entire season, the two-time champ would’ve been mentioned among the top MVP candidates.

Fresh off a five-game series win over San Antonio, the Warriors need all hands on deck. That could very well include Curry returning to the hardwood Saturday in Oakland.