SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. – Stephen Curry is confident he has put his left hand through every possible test aside from actually getting into an NBA game.
He will get that chance Thursday night, when the two-time MVP is set to return following a more than four-month absence with a broken left hand to play for Golden State against the Toronto Raptors.
Curry said he is comfortable enough to play, though it may be months before his hand feels completely “normal” again to where he can compare it to the right side. Yet he still plans to play in the Tokyo Olympics this summer with the Team USA training camp scheduled to open in July.
“Hopefully, there aren't any thoughts and I get to play my game the way I see it and just be able to react and make plays without having second thoughts or hesitation,” Curry said after shootaround Thursday morning at Chase Center.
“If I need to make a left-handed pass, no matter where it is, or finish with my left or defend and get a deflection or take a hit with it, that I'll be able to do all that without thinking about it. Everything I've done to prepare, I've put it through every test I think possible without being in a game-like setting. I'm sure there will be some moments where it will pop in your head and kind of make sure it's all right but after that you just keep playing.”
Curry said he is slated to play somewhere in the range of 24 to 28 minutes in his first game back — and reminded everybody he doesn't much care for “minutes restrictions.”
The Warriors announced late Wednesday that Curry had been medically cleared to play and would be in the lineup Thursday in a rematch of last year's NBA Finals, which Toronto won in six games. The two-time NBA MVP missed 58 games after falling on his left hand Oct. 30 versus Phoenix.
He practiced Monday with the G League Santa Cruz Warriors, then was recalled back to the NBA team later in the day.