Warriors want Steph Curry to scrimmage more before making return

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SAN FRANCISCO — As Stephen Curry went through his shooting drills in the corner of the Warriors’ practice court at Chase Center Wednesday, Steve Kerr said he would like for Curry to scrimmage more before making his return.

“He’s been out for four months,” Kerr said of Curry, who has missed most of the season with a broken left hand. “He’s done a ton of individual work. But to put someone in an NBA game, you’ve got to feel really comfortable that everything’s there conditioning-wise, strength-wise, a lot of things you can’t simulate unless it’s actual basketball.”

Since being cleared for contact on-court work last Saturday, Curry has scrimmaged only twice with the Warriors. With an upcoming stretch that includes three games in four nights, there isn’t much opportunity for Curry to get in a meaningful scrimmage before his anticipated return date on Sunday against the Wizards.

Kerr said he will likely simulate a scrimmage on Friday, when the rest of the team prepares to travel to Phoenix for Saturday’s game against the Suns. But even that won’t reflect what awaits Curry in an NBA game.

When Curry does return, Kerr said he hasn’t decided whether or not there will be a minutes restriction. A Sunday return would give Curry 20-or-so games to play with his new teammates, including Andrew Wiggins, acquired in a trade-deadline deal for D’Angelo Russell.

“It’s been great,” Wiggins said of scrimmaging with Curry. “Seeing how he is in the scrimmage, seeing how he makes the game easier for his teammates. He demands a lot of attention.”

With the Warriors dealing with several injuries, Wednesday’s scrimmage was made up of few players — including Draymond Green, probable for Thursday’s game against the Lakers after missing the last two games with a right pelvic contusion — and several team staffers.

“It was a rag-tag group,” Kerr said.

A similar group will be used in Friday’s scrimmage, the same day Curry is set to be re-evaluated. Though the Warriors and Curry both expect him to return on March 1, nothing has been made official.

“Two scrimmages against largely non-NBA players — no offense to them — but that doesn’t exactly qualify as perfect preparation,” Kerr said. “We’ll take it day by day.

“If it’s Sunday, that’s great. And if it’s not, that’s fine, too. Whatever’s best for Steph.”

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