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Steph Curry hopes to return from hand injury in early March

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Stephen Curry is still eyeing a return to action for the Golden State Warriors in early March.

Curry was interviewed by ESPN’s Lisa Salters during Saturday night’s Warriors-Lakers game. The Warriors guard has been out since breaking his hand on a fall on October 30. He needed two surgeries and acknowledged it’s a long road to returning.

“It’s a work in progress. It’s getting better every day. I know it’s a long process from the time it happened and all the surgeries. But hoping to get back on the floor sooner than later,” Curry told Salters.

He was asked to analyze what areas he needs to get better in order for him to play.

“I don’t have as much strength. I can get shots up, I can kind of do my basketball and my skill work. Just got to get the strength right so I can deal with contact.”

Curry also said he’s still hoping for a return the first week of March.

“That’s the plan. It’s been the plan since surgery and the injury as severe as it was. I’m not rushing, but I’m setting a goal that hopefully I can meet first week of March to be back on the floor with my teammates and hopefully end the season on a strong note.”

Golden State has effectively been without Curry and Klay Thompson for the entire season, which explains why they have the worst record in the league at 12-40.

They don’t have much motivation to have Curry play only to spoil the team’s chances of getting the highest draft pick possible, so my guess is that the Warriors will announce on their next Curry status update that he’s coming along slower than anticipated and will be reevaluated in April. Then he’ll end up missing the rest of the season. I’d be surprised if he actually returned in March.

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