Curry, the expected 2015-16 NBA MVP with an announcement coming as early as Tuesday, entered with 5:58 remaining in the first quarter of Monday night’s Game 4 against the Portland Trail Blazers and Golden State down 16-2.
Warriors coach Steve Kerr told reporters before Monday’s Game 4 that Curry would be active as long as everything went OK during pregame warmups. Moments later, Curry did not appear to be hampered by the sprain he suffered in Game 4 of the first-round series against Houston.
The Warriors announced his availability a short time later but he was not listed among the starters for the game.
“He’s not really under a minutes restriction from (the) training staff,” Kerr said. “It’s more what he can handle conditioning-wise.”
Curry has not played in the first three games of the Western Conference semifinals against the Blazers. The Warriors lead the series 2-1.
Kerr had previously described Curry’s status as “doubtful” on Sunday and then upgraded his status to “questionable” at Monday morning shootaround.
Curry had been out since he sprained his right MCL after slipping on a wet spot on the Toyota Center floor in the Warriors’ Game 4 win over the Rockets. He had previously missed Games 2 and 3 in that series after spraining his right ankle in Game 1.
Curry was officially listed as active Monday just after he began his standard pregame warmup routine, which begins with dribbling drills and moves along to shooting from around the floor. Curry went on to complete that routine, with no apparent incident.
When asked how the decision to make Curry active was ultimately reached, Kerr said, “Talking with Steph, talking with our medical people, and talking with [Warriors general manager] Bob [Myers]. That was the process.”
Kerr was asked whether Curry would be on a minutes restriction, which he indicated was a possibility Monday morning. Kerr communicated that there is no specific limit, though they will monitor Curry’s conditioning.
“We really have to kind of do it on the fly,” Kerr said. “And I would kind of guess that he would play in shorter bursts, but if he’s rolling, then we’ll probably let him go for a little while.”
Kerr said that Curry did not influence the decision through lobbying.
“There was no campaigning,” Kerr said. “We’ve been talking every day, so it’s just a matter of today being the day that looks like he’s ready to go. But, again, we’ll see how he comes out of his pregame workout and go from there.”
Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.