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If they advance, the second round could start as early as April 28.

Friday will make four weeks since the injury.

Green's line of 10 points, six rebounds, seven assists, two steals, and four blocks has been exactly the mixed bag that the Golden State Warriors have wanted out of him in this postseason. That could mean it's more realistic for Curry, who no doubt is desperate to return to action, to return for Game 3 of the next round - especially if you factor in the Warriors' usual cautiousness. The Warriors initially estimated it would take him three weeks to recover, which would have been last Friday. They will hold Curry out as long as possible to ensure that he's closer to 100 percent upon re-entering the lineup, sources say.

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Curry averaged 26.4 points, 5.1 rebounds, 6.1 assists and 1.6 steals a game for the Warriors this season, when they finished 58-24, second-best in the Western Conference to Houston and third-best overall in the National Basketball Association, also behind Eastern Conference pace-setter Toronto.

While that wouldn't guarantee a win or series lead for New Orleans at that point in this best-case scenario for the Pelicans, it would certainly improve their odds.

Curry has missed 13 straight games since suffering from a Grade 2 left MCL sprain on March 23.

Chris Cwik is a writer for Yahoo Sports.


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