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Stephen Curry optimistic on return for Game 1

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) – Stephen Curry threw down a two-handed slam dunk during practice and the Golden State star is optimistic about his chances of being on the court again for the Warriors in their playoff opener today against Denver.

Curry took a key step in his recovery from a sprained ligament in his left foot when he scrimmaged on Thursday. If he plays in Game 1, “for sure I’ll start”, Curry said.

“I’ve never enjoyed practice so much,” Curry said after an extensive, hours-long workout. “…I see the light at the end of the tunnel.”

The two-time MVP participated in three six-minute stretches in full team scrimmaging work then his full individual shooting routine, too. Game 2 in the best-of-seven series is scheduled for Monday.

Coach Steve Kerr also is hopeful of having Curry in the opener against the Nuggets at Chase Center. Curry’s foot is still tender four weeks later and he also dealt with a bone bruise that had him in a walking boot for nearly three weeks.

“There’s a confidence that the whole team gets when Steph is playing,” Kerr said.

“And then I think there’s a confidence that comes with the continuity and familiarity of groups that have been together and been through a lot of experience, playoff experiences together.”

It would be the first time all season the Warriors’ four postseason veterans are healthy and available – Curry, Draymond Green, Andre Iguodala and Klay Thompson.

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