Warriors’ Steve Kerr: Curry will play ‘when we all feel he’s ready to go’

Golden State Warriors head coach Steve Kerr speaks to the media. (Nathan Denette/CP)

Golden State Warriors coach Steve Kerr said there is no official return date set for Stephen Curry to return.

In a media scrum on Wednesday, Kerr said the initial report of Curry returning on March 1 against the Washington Wizards was “news to us.”

“It’s not official, nothing’s official,” he said. “Steph will play when he’s ready.”

Curry has been sidelined by a broken left hand since October when he tried to brace himself while falling in a game against the Phoenix Suns. Over the weekend, the Warriors star said March 1 was always the target for his return date and The Athletic‘s Shams Charania reported Tuesday that the 31-year-old would return Sunday.

Kerr, on the other hand, said that he thinks Curry needs more scrimmage time before he returns.

“That date has been something that’s for sure on Steph’s mind. That’s when he wants to play, but he’ll play when we all feel like he’s ready to go,” Kerr said.

Kerr added that Curry has been doing a ton of individual workouts during his recovery time and has participated in two scrimmages, but noted that doesn’t qualify as perfect preparation to put the star point guard back into an NBA game.

“We’ll just kind of take it day-by-day, and if it’s Sunday, great. And if it’s not, that’s fine too. But we got to do what’s best for Steph,” Kerr said.

In the four games before he was injured, Curry was averaging 20.3 points on .409 shooting, including a career-low .243 per cent from three.

The Warriors host the Wizards Sunday at 8:30 p.m. ET/ 5:30 p.m. PT on Sportsnet One.

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