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Curry and Simmons back just before the play-offs?



Injured respectively in the foot and back, Stephen Curry (Golden State) and Ben Simmons (Philadelphia) should return just before or at the start of the play-offs, in a month.

A big blow for Golden State Warriors fans, they probably won’t see Stephen Curry on the court until the end of the regular season on April 10. Released through injury during the Warriors’ loss to Boston on Wednesday, the 34-year-old point guard suffered from a sprained ligament in his left foot. “ There is hope that he can return by the start of the play-offs (April 16, editor’s note) but he should soon see other specialists for a more in-depth evaluation “, explain the journalists ofESPN Ramona Shelburne and Adrian Wojnarowski. Earlier, Shams Charania from The Athletic specified that the x-rays had confirmed that there were no fractures or serious damage. It will therefore be a priori a month of absence for the best 3-point scorer in history, who had started the season on an MVP rhythm before experiencing problems of address. In 64 games this season (out of a possible 70), Curry has averaged 25.5 points, 5.2 rebounds and 6.3 assists. There are therefore twelve games left for the Warriors to try to retain their third place in the Western Conference. The Californians are currently one game behind second-placed Memphis and three-and-a-half games ahead of fourth-and-fifth-placed Utah and Dallas.

Simmons has back pain

On the Brooklyn side, Nets fans will still have to be patient before seeing Ben Simmons play an NBA game. The 25-year-old Australian point guard, who did not play at the start of the season with Philadelphia due to psychological problems, has still not worn the Nets jersey since his trade with James Harden last month. 1 of the 2016 Draft suffers from “irritation of the L4 disc of the spine” and could return a few games before the play-offsstill according to ESPN. Simmons averaged 14.3 points, 7.2 rebounds and 6.9 assists last season with the 76ers. He should be back in less than a month, which won’t hurt the Nets, who are currently trying to move up the standings, they who occupy eighth place in the East, three and a half games from the play-offs and with six games ahead of the first team not qualified for the play-in.

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