Warriors Rumors: Stephen Curry Targets Hawks Game for Return from Injury

Kyle Newport@@KyleNewportFeatured ColumnistMarch 20, 2018

Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry (30) against the Brooklyn Nets during an NBA basketball game in Oakland, Calif., Tuesday, March 6, 2018. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)
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It may not be long before Golden State Warriors superstar Stephen Curry is back on the court.

Per ESPN's Chris Haynes and Ramona Shelburne, Curry is aiming to return from injury Friday against the Atlanta Hawks.

A sprained ankle has kept the two-time MVP out since March 8. Golden State has gone 2-4 in his absence, while injuries to Klay Thompson (thumb), Kevin Durant (ribs) and others have contributed to those struggles.

It had been just another outstanding season for the five-time All-Star before he went down. In 2017-18, he was averaging 26.3 points on 49.4 percent shooting (including 42.4 percent from beyond the arc), 6.2 assists and 5.1 rebounds per game.

At 53-18, Golden State has already clinched the Pacific Division crown and has all but locked up a top-two seed in the Western Conference. It would be tough for the Warriors to catch the Houston Rockets, who hold a 3.5-game lead for the top spot, with 11 games to play.

Each of Golden State's Big Four—Curry, Thompson, Durant and Draymond Green—has been bitten by the injury bug recently. Thompson and Durant are still expected to be sidelined a little while longer, though Green and Curry appear on the mend.