Stephen Curry will Begin Participating in Practice with Warriors on Saturday

Though, with the New Orleans Pelicans also up 3-0 in their series against Portland, it's becoming increasingly important that Curry does return to the court soon. According to a report from The Athletic's Marcus Thompson, Curry "isn't in the final stages of his rehabilitation", and thus is "not close to playing". More than anything, Golden State's success despite Curry's injury highlights the luxury of having fellow All-Stars Kevin Durant, Klay Thompson and Draymond Green on the roster.

Curry, 30, has been out since March 23 and missed the team's last 13 games.

This would especially be the case with the possibility of Game 1 of the semifinals taking place as early as April 28 with both the Warriors and likely opponents New Orleans Pelicans now holding a 3-0 series lead in their first round match-ups. It was reported Thursday, however, that Curry isn't overly close to making his return, and the general belief is that he may require roughly two more weeks before returning to game action. The Warriors have been outscoring the Spurs by 20.2 points per 100 possessions in the series, allowing less than a point per possession on defense and scoring when and where they want.

The target has always been a return somewhere during the second round, and that still seems to be on track. The intensity level will gradually grow for the two-time MVP. Andre Iguodala and Quinn Cook will continue to eat up the minutes at the point in Game 4 on Sunday.

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