Stephen Curry has ‘very positive’ practice, questionable for Game 1

Stephen Curry is almost back.

Golden State Warriors coach Steve Kerr said Curry is listed as questionable for Saturday against the New Orleans Pelicans in Game 1 of their second-round playoff series.

Curry on Thursday participated in his first full practice since suffering a Grade 2 left MCL sprain in his left knee on March 23. The injury caused him to miss the team’s past 14 games.

Kerr said the practice session was important for Curry in his rehabilitation process, and he acknowledged Curry “looked good.”

“I think what we have to do is see how his body responds the rest of the day,” Kerr said. “[We’ll] put him through another practice tomorrow. I think he needs to string together a few good days. But, yeah, it was very positive.”

Ward, who grew up in the Cleveland area, wore a purple suit to the draft to honor his father, who died in May 2016 of a heart attack. Purple was his father’s favorite color.

“It was definitely an emotional night,” Ward said. “I obviously wish my dad was still alive and could have been there and experienced that with my family and I. But I know that he’s proud of me.

“He watched last night in heaven.”

According to the team, Kang will report to the Pirates facility in Bradenton, Florida, after he fulfills obligations under the treatment program he agreed to in January 2017. He will remain on the restricted list until he’s in condition to rejoin the major league team.

In his first two seasons with the Pirates, Kang batted .273 with 36 home runs and 120 RBIs. He played 169 games at third base and another 60 at shortstop.

Darnold was regarded by many talent evaluators as the safest quarterback in the draft because of his combination of passing skill and mobility. He rose to national prominence in 2016, led USC to an epic Rose Bowl victory over Penn State and compiled a 20-4 record as a starter in his career.

On the down side, Darnold raised questions about his pro readiness with a spotty performance in 2017. He tied for the FBS lead with 22 turnovers.

“Obviously, you don’t want turnovers on any level,” Bowles said. “But we think his upside and ability far outweigh the turnovers. … We didn’t feel too bad about that.”

The Jets chose Darnold with the pick acquired on St. Patrick’s Day from the Indianapolis Colts. To ensure themselves of a top quarterback, they dealt three second-round picks (including one in 2019) to move up from No. 6 overall.
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